Before the Interview: Preparation is Key
- Research the company and its industry to gain a better understanding of its financial operations and challenges.
- Review the job description and the qualifications needed for the role.
- Prepare examples of how you have demonstrated leadership, financial acumen, and problem-solving skills in your previous roles.
During the Interview: Answering Common Questions
1. What experience do you have in financial management and accounting?
- Highlight your relevant experience, including financial analysis, budgeting, and financial reporting.
- Mention your proficiency in accounting software and your understanding of GAAP and IFRS accounting principles.
2. How have you demonstrated leadership in your previous roles?
- Provide examples of how you have managed teams and led financial projects to success.
- Mention any training or development programs you have implemented to develop your team’s skills.
3. How would you approach a difficult financial challenge?
- Discuss your problem-solving skills and your ability to identify the root cause of a problem.
- Mention any strategies you have used in the past to overcome similar challenges.
After the Interview: Follow-up and Thank You Notes
- Send a thank-you note to the interviewer within 24 hours of the interview.
- Follow up with the interviewer after a week to show your continued interest in the role.
Personal story: When I was interviewed for a job as a corporate controller, I did a lot of research on the company and the industry. I also went over my answers to common questions and thought of examples from my past. During the interview, I felt good about myself and was able to give good answers to the questions the interviewer asked. After the interview, I sent a thank-you note and followed up with the interviewer, which helped to solidify my interest in the role.
Statistic or fact: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for financial managers, which includes corporate controllers, is $134,180.