Please tell me about yourself.
What do you know about the company?
Why do you want to work here?
Why are you looking to leave your current employer?
Where do you see yourself in 3, 5 or 10 years?
What sets you apart from someone with identical experience and qualifications? Sell yourself.
Please walk me through your career to date.
What are your most significant work achievements?
What are your key strengths?
What is your biggest weakness? (try to be more original than saying you’re a ‘perfectionist’)
How do you partner with non-finance people?
What systems have you used? How strong are you in each?
Describe your most recent major project.
Tell me about a time you’ve presented to senior management.
Explain a time you’ve improved a work process or policy.
What are your motivations?
What is your approach to conflict? Please provide an example.
Tell me about a time you’ve had a deal with difficult stakeholders.
What is a significant challenge you’ve had to overcome during your career?
How would others describe you?
Could you please provide an example where you have challenged or influenced senior management?
Tell me about a time you failed at something.
When did you last get something wrong?
What is the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
What is the most frustrating thing you’ve had to endure?
What’s your interpretation of success?
What are the most important things for you and your next job?
Tell me how you go about building relationships.
What is your approach to managing or developing staff?
What do you look for in a boss?
Tell me about a time when you’ve had to display initiative.
How would you describe your communication style?
What is the most stressful encounter you’ve had at work and how did you overcome it?