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Controller Interview Questions

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Brian Schuchart is a CPA and Senior Finance Business Partner. His professional experience includes senior management roles with NBC Sports, Virtual Health, and the Children's Hospital of Philadephia.

Controller was updated on December 19th, 2020. Learn more here.

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Do you have experience handling massive amounts of data? Give an example of how you used data to solve a problem?

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  1. 1.

    Do you have experience handling massive amounts of data? Give an example of how you used data to solve a problem?

  2. 2.

    What is your experience with presenting to senior executives?

  3. 3.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?

  4. 4.

    Have you ever been involved in accounting software implementations?

  5. 5.

    What experience do you have with developing business metrics?

  6. 6.

    Do you have any experience interacting with external auditors?

  7. 7.

    In your opinion, why is it important for organizations to have effective internal controls?

  8. 8.

    What is your approach to budgeting, forecasting and other forward-looking projections?

  9. 9.

    What are some methods you use to motivate your team?

  10. 10.

    What is the role of a Controller as you understand it?

  11. 11.

    How do you keep up with the latest developments in accounting principles?

  12. 12.

    How would your management style change in an increasingly remote environment?

  13. 13.

    What attracted you to the Controller role here at our corporation?

  14. 14.

    Give an example of a time when you implemented a policy or procedure that improved a process.

  15. 15.

    What ERP systems have you used?

  16. 16.

    What skills or qualities do you believe a good accountant should possess?

  17. 17.

    What skills or qualities do you believe a good leader should possess?

  18. 18.

    Have you ever had to explain complex accounting concepts to non-finance leaders? How did you go about that task?

  19. 19.

    Identify a time when you made a mistake and the actions you took to correct it.

  20. 20.

    What are the steps to the monthly financial accounting close?

  21. 21.

    How do you mitigate and manage stress?

  22. 22.

    Which financial statement do you feel is the most important and why?

  23. 23.

    How do you manage your manager? In other words, what steps do you take to make sure you get what you need from your boss and make both your lives easier?

  24. 24.

    How have you interacted with the tax department in your previous roles?

  25. 25.

    Describe how previous experience has prepared you for the Controller role.