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?

We've all been in situations in which a subordinate disagreed with the goals set for him/her.

What are your specific strengths and weaknesses?

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Bonus Questions


  • What is your procedure for keeping track of items that require your attention? Tell me about a time when you used this procedure?
  • Discuss your educational background.
  • Describe some recent work-related problems and the decisions you made to solve them.

Daily Interview Tip

Try on your interview clothes to make sure they fit, are clean and in a good state of repair. Don't leave this to the night before, and get someone else to check your outfit over. To show the interviewer how you can make a contribution explain how you have worked on similar problems in a different environment. Ask the interviewer questions about the company: direction, how the various departments function together, training opportunities, challenges the organization faces etc.