Finance Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Finance interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

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If you were the CFO, what would keep you up at night?

This is one of the standard finance interview questions and can be given at any finance job level. Step back and give a high level overview of the company's current financial position. Highlight something on each of the three financial statements. Income statement: growth, margins, profitability. Balance sheet: liquidity, capital assets, and credit metrics. Can flow statement: short term and long term cash flow projection, and need to raise money or return capital.

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32 Finance Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. If you were the CFO, what would keep you up at night?

  • 2. If you could pick one stock, which would it be and why?

  • 3. What is deferred tax liability and what is its purpose?

  • 4. What is the difference between cash base accounting and accrual accounting?

  • 5. Explain to me what Beta is in your own words? Why is it so important?

  • 6. When should a company consider issuing debt instead of equity?

  • 7. If I could use only one financial statement to review the overall health of the company, which statement would I use and why?

  • 8. Tell me an idea or suggestion you have made that was implemented in the finance area?

  • 9. Have you ever had a conflict with a boss? How was it resolved?

  • 10. How is the income statement linked to the balance sheet?

  • 11. Why are increases in accounts receivable a cash reduction on the cash flow statement?

  • 12. A company purchases new equipment, walk me through the impact on the 3 financial statements.

  • 13. How is it possible for a company to show positive net income but go bankrupt?

  • 14. Is it possible for a company to show positive cash flows but be in grave trouble?

  • 15. What is a Stock Split and Stock Dividend?

  • 16. If there is $20,000 of aged accounts receivable that will be fully written off, what impact will this have on each of the financial statements?

  • 17. Please tell me how your experience would be a fit for this position? or Based upon the job description, what do you find most exciting about this job opportunity?

  • 18. What effect would an increase in accounts receivable have on the cash flow statement?

  • 19. What is goodwill and why do companies use it?

  • 20. What is a deferred tax asset and what is its purpose?

  • 21. If a company buys an asset, walk me through the impact on the 3 financial statements? The asset value is $1 million

  • 22. Have you heard of DCF method? If so, what is it and what does it measure?

  • 23. What happens on the income statement if inventory goes up by $10? Assuming you paid for it with cash.

  • 24. Explain what is the most complex work you have done in Excel?

  • 25. What is working capital?

  • 26. Tell me how to create a budget?

  • 27. Walk me through the financial statements?

  • 28. What is your experience level in working with CI or CIP?

  • 29. Do you find finance and accounting to be similar or different?

  • 30. Give me an example of how WACC can be used in a business?

  • 31. What is financial modeling? Do you have experience doing any type of financial modeling? If so, tell me about it?

  • 32. What is ROI? Give an example of how your past employer measured ROI?