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 causes you to be tired at work? How do you manage this fatigue?

Have you ever helped a co-worker improve his, her performance at work? Tell me about one of these times. Tell me about a time when you needed someone's cooperation to complete a task and the person was uncooperative. What did you do? Why?

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Bonus Questions


  • What kind of money do you need to make?
  • Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]?
  • In what ways do you deal with criticism?

Daily Interview Tip

As soon after the interview as you can, find a quiet place and write down as many of the questions that you were asked as you can remember. Rank how you answered them on a scale of one to ten. Demonstrate that you have knowledge of a particular technology that can improve efficiency. A telephone interview is still an interview even if you don't have to go to their offices. You need to be as prepared and well presented as you would be for a face to face interview.