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 the things you do to control errors in your work. When was the last time these methods helped you? What did you do?

What goals have you set for yourself? Why did you choose these?

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Bonus Questions


  • What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
  • Why do you want to change jobs?
  • Tell me about a time when you were very comfortable making a decision and a time when you were not as comfortable.

Daily Interview Tip

Write down the questions you expect to be asked and then an effective answer for each. Think about how you're going to address the more tricky questions, such as, "where would you like to be in five years' time?" or "what are your weaknesses?". Informational interviews allow you to get first-hand, real information about a career/occupation/industry.