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?

Jobs differ in the amount of paperwork required. Do you like or dislike completing a lot of paperwork? Why? Describe the paperwork you have to complete.

Have you made any cost-saving suggestions to your manager? Give examples. Were they accepted? What action was taken to get them accepted?

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Bonus Questions


  • Describe a situation in which you negotiated with others in the organization for the use of limited resources.
  • What math or accounting courses have you taken? Which were the easiest and which were the most difficult? Why? How did you do in the courses?
  • What actions have you taken for expanding the traditional markets for your organization's products or services? Why?

Daily Interview Tip

Ask your friend or colleague if they would mind doing a mock interview with you. You will normally get very useful feedback from a professional adviser and sometimes the chance to watch yourself on video as well as the chance to deal with questions you hadn't previously thought of in a safe environment. Bring all the papers you need for your interview including business cards, several copies of your r Fail to prepare, prepare to fail: Ask a hundred recruiters what disappoints them most about the people they interview and I can safely predict the top answer - lack of knowledge of their organisation. And for lack of knowledge, they read lack of interest.