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Finance Manager 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.

Finance Manager was published on January 1st, 2021. Learn more here.

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What is the difference between cash flow as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows and Free Cash Flow?

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List of 25 Finance Manager Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    What is the difference between cash flow as presented on the Statement of Cash Flows and Free Cash Flow?

  2. 2.

    Give an example of a time when you took a manual process and made it automated.

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

    Have you ever been involved in accounting and financial reporting software implementations?

  5. 5.

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

  6. 6.

    What is the role of a Finance Manager as you understand it?

  7. 7.

    What are some benchmarks that you compare actual results to when completing monthly analysis?

  8. 8.

    What tools do you use to perform the duties of a Finance Manager?

  9. 9.

    What is free cash flow and what does it tell about a company’s finances?

  10. 10.

    How have you managed the annual budget process in previous roles?

  11. 11.

    How would your management style change if your employees and team members worked remotely full time or part time?

  12. 12.

    Why do you want to work for XYZ Corporation?

  13. 13.

    Describe how previous experience has prepared you for the Finance Manager role.

  14. 14.

    What experience do you have with analyzing business metrics?

  15. 15.

    What is your experience with presenting to senior executives?

  16. 16.

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

  17. 17.

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

  18. 18.

    How do you mitigate and manage stress?

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

    What are some methods you use to motivate your team?

  21. 21.

    Do you have experience using data visualization software?

  22. 22.

    What ERP systems have you used?

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    How do you keep up with the latest developments in accounting and financial reporting practices?

  25. 25.

    Where do you see yourself in five years?