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Top 10 questions to ask when interviewing for a Finance Business Partner

  • Posted 24 Jun 2024
  • Richard Holmes
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Finance Business Partners are the linchpin connecting finance and operations. They foster collaboration, drive strategic decision-making, and ensure everyone's on the same financial page. This critical role requires a potent mix of financial expertise, sharp analytical skills, and clear, compelling communication.

To identify the ideal candidate, we've compiled ten key questions specifically tailored for Finance Business Partner roles:

Technical Questions:

How do you ensure that financial insights are effectively communicated to non-financial stakeholders?

Assesses their ability to translate financial data into actionable insights for different audiences.

Can you describe your experience with financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and how you have used it to support business decisions?

Evaluates their proficiency in FP&A and its application in strategic decision-making.

Describe a time when you identified a financial trend that impacted business strategy. How did you communicate this to the relevant stakeholders?

Looks at their analytical skills and ability to influence business strategy.

How do you approach creating and managing budgets in a collaborative environment?

Assesses their experience in budget management and collaboration with various departments.

Explain how you have used financial data to drive process improvements within a business unit.

Tests their ability to leverage financial insights for operational improvements.

Behavioural Questions:

Tell me about a time when you had to manage conflicting priorities between finance and other departments. How did you resolve it?

Evaluates their conflict resolution skills and ability to balance diverse stakeholder needs.

How do you ensure effective collaboration between the finance team and other business units?

Assesses their teamwork and communication skills.

Describe a situation where you had to influence senior management to make a financial decision. How did you approach it?

Tests their persuasion and negotiation skills.

What steps do you take to stay updated with the latest financial trends and business practices?

Looks at their commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

Can you provide an example of a time when you helped a business unit achieve its financial targets? What was your role and how did you contribute?

Evaluates their impact on achieving business goals and their proactive approach.

Bonus Tip: Consider asking a situational question based on a recent financial news story relevant to your industry to gauge the candidate's analytical and problem-solving skills.

We hope these questions help you identify the ideal Finance Business Partner for you. For further insights, recruitment needs, or to understand the current market, please reach out to one of our Directors, Richard Holmes, on 0403 513 720 or richardh@hprconsulting.com

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