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?

Describe a situation at your previous employment that required you to do several things at the same time. What did you do?

Looking back, what would you do differently in your life?

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Bonus Questions


  • Given a situation when you disagree with your supervisor, how would you deal with it?
  • Jobs differ in the extent to which people work independently or as part of a team. Tell me about a time when you were most satisfied working alone/on a team? Why? What did you do?
  • What information do you use to stay informed of what's going on in your organization? Tell me about a time when you used this information.

Daily Interview Tip

Have you done this kind of work before? In other words speak to how your past work experience matches up with the job. If you had a previous health problem that interfered with your work in the past, but is no longer a problem, do not volunteer this information. It no longer affects your work, therefore the employer does not have to know. Get off to a good start by finding areas in common. Likeability plays an important part in hiring decisions.