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?

Can you think of a situation you handled in which a tried-and-true solution failed? What new solution did you try? Why did you handle it that way?

What technical courses have you taken? How difficult were they? What did you learn? To what extent did you master the subject? How do you know?

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Bonus Questions


  • What do you like least about a leadership position? Why?
  • Describe a time when your work load was particularly heavy. How did you respond?
  • Tell me honestly about the strong points and weak points of your boss (company, management team, etc.)

Daily Interview Tip

Interviews are not always objective and fair, so here are some strategies for reducing the risk of an interviewer's snap judgements working against you. Get off to a good start by finding areas in common. Likeability plays an important part in hiring decisions. Explain to the hiring manger how you rise to a challenge and will not give up till its met.