Finance Interview Questions

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Bobbi Witt is an HR Manager and Senior Level Finance and Accounting Consultant. Her experience includes 9 years at a Fortune 500 company where she held a wide range of financial and management accountabilities.

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

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  1. 1.

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

  2. 2.

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

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

    Walk me through the financial statements?

  5. 5.

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

  6. 6.

    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?

  7. 7.

    What is deferred tax liability and what is its purpose?

  8. 8.

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

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    How is the income statement linked to the balance sheet?

  10. 10.

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

  11. 11.

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

  12. 12.

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

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

  14. 14.

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

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

    When should a company consider issuing debt instead of equity?

  17. 17.

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

  18. 18.

    What is the difference between cash base accounting and accrual accounting?

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

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

  21. 21.

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

  22. 22.

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

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    Tell me how to create a budget?

  25. 25.

    What is working capital?

  26. 26.

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

  27. 27.

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

  28. 28.

    What is a deferred tax asset and what is its purpose?

  29. 29.

    What is goodwill and why do companies use it?

  30. 30.

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

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    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?

  32. 32.

    What is a Stock Split and Stock Dividend?