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?

Some products have a short sales cycle, and others, a long sales cycle. Which do you prefer and why?

Are you the best person for this job? Why?

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Bonus Questions


  • What gets you up in the morning?
  • It is easy to have an occasional accident or security violation when working on a job as complex or dangerous as yours. What accidents or security violations have either you or your work group had in the past year? Five years? Explain.
  • What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

Daily Interview Tip

Often, when it comes to the final stage of applications, it's rare you get clear-cut reasons for rejection. As such, interviewers give you bland, vaguely troubling explanations, rather than a useful breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses of your performance. Before the interview be sure to do some background research to become familiar with the organization. This might include researching any current events that might relate to the organization or industry, the organization When it comes to communicating with an employer, if you agreed to call the employer back, be sure to do it on the agreed-upon day.