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?

What did you respect most about your former supervisor?

What technical courses have you taken? How difficult were they? What did you learn? To what extent did you master the subject? How do you know?

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Bonus Questions


  • What do you like least about a leadership position? Why?
  • We all have been in situations in which we got sidetracked. Have you ever forgotten to send information that you promised to send to a coworker? Tell me about one of these situations.
  • What is the corporate vision of your current company? In what ways have you made this happen in everyday activities?

Daily Interview Tip

It's important, however, that you don't go into the interview with too much advice to think about and certainly don't rely on people who are biased like your mother. Never criticise a previous manager, colleague or employer. Aim to give the impression of a capable, team-playing professional who would fit in and not be difficult to manage. Prepare for your interview by making a list of your accomplishments or achievements to reference during the interview.