Controller Sample Job Interview Questions

Job interviews for this position will not even be granted if you do not hold at least a Bachelors Degree in Accounting or Finance, 7 to 1 years of experience in accounting.  Be prepared to show that you  have strong communication and presentation skills since you will need to discuss financial information with senior management.


This position will need to build a good relationship with Engineering and Manufacturing departments.  How will go go about building this type of relationship?

We need expertise to improve accuracy of inventory valuation across ledger systems.  How will you do this?

Have you ever created policy or practices to improve the audit of the physical inventory?

What were some of the toughest decisions you had to make as a Controller in the last year? Tell me about them. What alternatives did you consider?

Have you ever worked to reduce transaction errors to insure proper impact on perpetual and G/L records?

Have you ever had to observe gauges, instruments, or products to make sure things were right? Tell me about a time when you had to do this.

We  looking for ways to improve the completing production line audits to confirm labor costs.  What best practices would you implement here?

Describe your exposure to the an inventory environment.

How to you reduce the discrepancy between actual costs to estimates and analyzes variances?

Can you relate some experiences in which you persisted?

What will you do if you don't get a job offer?

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Bonus Questions

  • Have you ever led a meeting in which one or more participants were not serious about its purpose? What did you do?
  • What will you miss about your present/last job?
  • Describe a time when you had to persuade a student or peer to use a particular approach in completing an assignment. What did you say?

Daily Interview Tip

Work on answers to the most common interview questions. The "tell me about yourself" or "talk me through your CV" questions are normally asked to ease you in, so make sure you're ready for them. When asked, "Why do you want to work in this industry?" tell about how you ?first became interested in this type of work. Point out any similarities between the job you Before walking into your interview you need to prepare by knowing your accomplishments. Interviewers want to know about your track record for achieving results