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?

Have you taken any sales training courses? Which courses were most useful? Least useful?

How do you stay aware of potential equipment problems? Tell me about a potential problem you noticed.

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Bonus Questions


  • Tell me about some situations in which it was crucial to gather information effectively.
  • How do you establish performance standards for your subordinates? Tell me about the process you use. Give an example of a time when this worked for you.
  • We sometimes make decisions that not everyone agrees with. What unpopular decisions have you made? How did you communicate them?

Daily Interview Tip

A post-interview thank you note is an excellent way to reiterate your strongest selling points, and the reason why you want the job. Show your enthusiasm and motivation in the interview with your smile and extend your hand to shake hands with the interviewer when you meet. Be certain you've heard and understood the question. Asking for clarification is acceptable.