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Interview Process

CFO Interview Questions

Hiring a CFO may take longer than typical hiring processes. With this level of responsibility, it’s important to ensure the selected candidate has the skills and abilities to be trusted in this role. We recommend group hiring or a series of interviews for this role. Ask questions to help you understand the candidate’s level of experience and determine whether you’d be confident having them in this role.

CFO Interview Guide

The key to success in any hiring process is finding the candidate with the right skills, interests, and disposition for your organization’s needs, culture, and leadership. The candidate interview is an essential part of determining whether a candidate is a good fit with your organization’s CFO position. This interview guide provides a broad overview of the fundamental competency areas in which a CFO candidate should be assessed, the topics to cover when asking questions, and key points to look for in candidate answers.

Common Interview Questions

  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why are you interested in working for (company name)?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
  • Why do you want to leave your current company?
  • Why was there a gap in your employment between (date) and (date)?

Conducting an Effective Panel Interview

Hiring authorities are accustomed to interviewing jobseekers on a one-on-one basis, but panel interviews can offer a valuable alternative. These interviews can be a powerful tool giving you a deeper insight into a candidate’s suitability for a role, but you need to make sure you get the format right otherwise, it could be a disaster waiting to happen.


Tips for Effective Pre-boarding

Pre-boarding is an effective way to introduce new hires to your company and culture. Staying in touch with a future employee after they accept your offer helps prevent no-shows and acceptance of counter-offers, and sets him/her up to hit the ground running on day one. In addition to common on-boarding exercises, pre-boarding can include informal interactions between the company and the new hire.

The Offer

Sample Job Offer Letter or Email Template

Download a sample job offer letter template for your business.