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Appointing the right chief finance officer (CFO) is key to supporting the success of your multi-academy trust. Get expert suggestions on what questions to ask at interview, and what to look for in an answer. You'll also find a suggested interview task to test candidates' skill at budget analysis and management.

We asked one of our associate education experts, Tony Cook, to suggest interview questions for the post of chief financial officer (CFO) of a multi-academy trust (MAT). Tony's suggestions are below and have been grouped according to topic.

For each question, we include guidance from Tony on what interviewers might look for in answers.

This article was written to support interviewers with writing questions, and is not intended to help interviewees prepare for an interview.

Desire for the role


Why do you want the job of CFO?

What to look for in an answer

You would want to see if the candidate has:

  • Thoroughly researched the MAT
  • Expressed their passion and enthusiasm for the role
  • Identified how they would be a good fit for the MAT

Past experience


What size budget(s) have you managed in the past, and what size of budget are you open to managing?

What to look for in an answer

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