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?

Have you done any on-the-job training? Give an example. What steps did you follow? How did you prepare for the training and how effective was it?

How have you reacted to criticism from your manager? Give an example.

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Bonus Questions


  • Some products have a short sales cycle, and others, a long sales cycle. Which do you prefer and why?
  • How could you tell when things were going well at your previous employment? Give me the most memorable example of how you knew things were going well with the details in a process, function, operation, or activity.
  • Describe a time when your supervisor talked to you, either formally or informally, about a safety or security problem.

Daily Interview Tip

The best person doesn't always get the job. Some candidates are better at presenting themselves, while interviewers are also prone to making errors of judgement. If asked if you consider yourself successful, be candid without sounding arrogant. Mention observations other people have made about your work strengths or talents. If your response is good and you see positive reaction such as a nod or smile, stop answering. Many applicants ruin a perfectly good answer by continuing.