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?

What approaches have you used in presenting to different audiences? Give a specific example. How did you know you were getting your ideas across?

Tell me about your most memorable discussion.

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Bonus Questions

  • Some jobs provide the opportunity to coach and instruct others. Tell me about a time when you had to coach others and were satisfied/dissatisfied. Why?
  • Tell me about a time when you needed to get help (technical or other) to complete your assignment, and you couldn't get it. How did you handle it?
  • Can you think of a time when you intervened to get your team back on track because they couldn't decide on an issue? Explain.

Daily Interview Tip

First impressions are very important: Three-quarters of interviews are failed within three minutes of entering the room. What about employment gaps? Assure the interviewer there are no serious problems or job difficulties that could carry over to a new job. When it comes to looking for a job, set goals you can measure don't be vague about what you want to accomplish;