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JobTestPrep aims to help job applicants get hired as finance controllers at IKEA. We have thoroughly studied IKEA’s hiring process and designed an inclusive PrepPack™ that contains all needed materials to bring about your employment at IKEA. Our PLI test will help you sharpen some of your cognitive abilities—reasoning, analyzing, implementing complex data, and decision-making—that will highlight your professional aptitude for the role of the finance controller. 

JobTestPrep’s simulations of the IKEA PI test and drills are created to help you build an appealing personality profile. Practicing with our PI test, you will learn how to emphasize your leadership and business tendencies and match them with situations which play to your strengths.   

JobTestPrep’s answer keys and study guides will allow you to track your progress while you are practicing. You will be able to identify your weaknesses, redouble your efforts to eliminate them, and then come to IKEA’s pre-employment assessment with full knowledge of the material, passing the tests with no trouble.

Knowing that a favorable impression created in interviews inspires recruiters to make a hiring decision in a candidate’s favor, we have also compiled a list of questions asked at IKEA’s interviews so that you can craft impressive answers to them beforehand. Prepared by us, you will easily prove to IKEA’s employers that you will help them make smart financial decisions that will move their business forward.

IKEA’s Hiring Process 

After you submit your application form, résumé, and cover letter online, you will have a phone interview with the company’s representative. 

Phone Interview: Your interview with IKEA’s Human Resources manager will center around your work history and expectations about your new role as a financial controller at IKEA.  The manager will also ask you personal questions to get a sense of your personality. Your phone interview may last up to 20 minutes. In some case, you may have an interview online instead of a phone interview. In an online interview, you will be given one minute to submit a reply to each question. 

The PLI and PI Tests:  If you impress the Human Resources manager, you will be invited to take IKEA’s aptitude and personality tests, because IKEA’s employers consider the financial controller position important and want to hire for it only qualified experts with exemplary work ethics. The PLI test aims to evaluate your general cognitive capability. It measures how well you understand and implement complex data, reason, analyze, solve problems, and plan actions and events for the future. The PI Test assesses your conduct and predicts how you will behave in specific situations at workplace. 

Face-To-Face Interview: Provided you did well on the PLI or PI tests, you will be scheduled for the second interview in one of IKEA’s locations. In this interview, you will talk with the Human Resources representative and your prospective managers. Questions posed in the interview will be competency-based. Prepare also to answer situational questions testing your behavior and reaction to specified working circumstances. As a person competing for the position of the financial controller, you will also be asked how to plan a budget, reduce expenses, and increase revenue. 

Job Offer Interview: The final stage of IKEA’s hiring process is a background check and credit report. If both your credit and criminal history are confirmed to be clean, you will be invited for another in-person interview, during which you will be offered a position. 

Note that you receive an opportunity to impress IKEA’s representatives in a personal conversation only after you have successfully passed the company’s aptitude and personality tests. Practicing before the test is, therefore, essential to your success. Go through a few dry runs with JobTestPrep’s practice materials and be shortlisted for the applied position. 

IKEA's Interview Questions for the Financial Controller's Position 

IKEA’s hiring process has many stages. Apart from taking two tests, you will also be invited to two interviews. The first one is a phone interview with the company’s manager from the Human Resources department. This interview will center around your education, work history, and career goals.

If you do well on the PLI and PI tests, you will have another interview with your prospective managers in one of IKEA’s locations. Your interviewers will talk with you about your professional aptitude for the position of the financial controller and will ask you some specific questions meant to ascertain your mastery of the financial field. Some of the questions posed in IKEA interviews to candidates for the financial controller positions are the following: 

  • What is the amount of revenue generated by IKEA?
  • Recall a time you had to persuade an executive team to make an important financial decision.
  • Why do you want a job as a financial controller?
  • If you were to start working with IKEA tomorrow, what would be the first thing you would look at to identify how it might be able to increase its revenue or profitability?
  • What are the most important factors to consider in budget development?
  • How have you reduced expenses at your previous workplace?
  • How have you increased revenues in previous companies for which you worked?
  • What kind of accounting/financial reporting software are you familiar with?
  • What is your view on cloud accounting and the benefits it provides to business owners?
  • Based on what you know about IKEA, what do you consider to be our major challenge? 

Think about the questions listed above and formulate clear and smart answers to them. If you come to the in-person interview equipped with sophisticated answers, you will favorably impress your interviewers. Do not forget also to check IKEA’s website and read about its mission and business plans. Deep understanding of IKEA’s business and financial affairs will surely place you at the top of the recruiters’ list.    

IKEA’s Assessment Test for the Financial Controller Position

IKEA wants to ensure that it hires only the best specialists in their fields of expertise. To this end, the company asks job candidates competing for the role of the financial controller to take the Professional Learning Indicator Test and the PI Behavioral Assessment Test. 

IKEA’s Professional Learning Indicator Test

The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI Learning Indicator), also known as the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI), was designed to evaluate applicants’ general cognitive capability. Among cognitive abilities assessed by the PLI test are the qualities particularly important to the financial controller include the following: digesting and implementing complex information, adapting to new environments and conditions, reasoning, analyzing, planning, and problem-solving. Overall, the test evaluates applicants’ nine cognitive abilities, grouped in three subcategories that, in turn, are combined into three broad categories:



  1. Analogies


  1. Antonyms
  1. Verbal Analysis
  1. Number Series


  1. Math Problems
  1. Number Value
  1. Visual Analogies

                        Abstract Reasoning

  1. Visual Series
  1. Common Features


The format of the PLI test is simple. Aiming to evaluate candidates’ specific areas of reasoning rather than their acquired knowledge, the test contains only common words and expressions that are neither ambiguous nor confusing. It consists of 50 questions, equally distributed among the nine categories, and takes only 12 minutes to complete. Questions are of various levels of difficulty.

Yet this is not to say that passing the PLI test is easy. What is challenging on this test is not the difficulty of the questions but the short time limit allowed to answer them. You will have only 14.4 seconds to think over each question. To be able to answer questions so quickly and correctly, you need to practice beforehand. JobTestPrep offers you an opportunity to improve your test results with the help of its exclusive PLI PrepPack™. Practice with our materials and prove to your prospective employers that you have got the design and strategic talents necessary for a financial controller at IKEA.

IKEA’s Predictive Index or PI Behavioral Assessment Test

The PI Behavioral Assessment is used by IKEA to evaluate prospective employees’ affective, behavioral, and cognitive processes. To minimize the risk of employing incompetent financial controllers, the company asks job candidates to take the PI test that predicts how they will likely respond to problems at the workplace and deal with various difficult situations. The PI Behavioral Assessment focuses mostly on six traits of human personality: 

  • Dominance shows how closely you control your environment.
  • Extroversion indicates the extent to which you seek social connections, leadership opportunities, and novel experiences.
  • Patience says whether stability and consistency in your environment are important to you. 
  • Formality demonstrates how strictly you conform to formal rules and structures.
  • Decision-Making analyzes your thought process of selecting a logical choice from the available options. 
  • Response Level evaluates your general energy, activity level, and stamina. 

The PI Behavioral Assessment has two parts, each containing the identical list of 86 adjectives. Among the adjectives appearing on the list are adaptable, helpful, independent, venturesome, assertive, and ingenious. One part of the test invites you to choose adjectives that you think really describe who you are. Another part asks you to choose adjectives that describe how you believe others expect you to act.

The results of the test will provide two patterns of your behavior at work. One, called “Self,” reflects your natural drives and needs. It also shows how you tend to react in certain situations. Another pattern, called “Self-Concept,” indicates how you adapt your natural behavior to expectations of your co-workers. Comparing the two patterns will reveal either tensions or synergy between you and other employees at your workplace.

There is no time limit to complete the PI Behavioral Assessment. But it usually takes up to 10 minutes to think over 86 adjectives in both parts of the test.

Reading a long list of words may be tiring and confusing. It is also essential to understand the differences between the tasks given in the two parts of the test to avoid creating an erroneous impression that you will be unwilling to develop internal control policies and procedures or will lack excellent presentation and negotiation skills. Practicing with JobTestPrep’s simulations of the official PI test will help you build a more accurate and impressive PI Pattern on your actual exam.

What Is the Financial Controller?

The financial controller is usually a head of the Accounting Department. Its major duty is to oversee the preparation of financial reports, namely balance sheets and income statements. These financial reports are usually sent to the company’s chief financial officer. Apart from preparing financial reports, financial controllers also issue compliance audits, monitor internal controls, help with the budgeting process, and analyze various financial data. They also regulate corporate funds and accounts, forecast the development of control policies and procedures. Financial controller may also evaluate and select the technology used in the financial department. 

As a rule, financial controllers have master degrees in accounting or business administration and, therefore, feel very comfortable with numbers. Yet they also need to have excellent leadership and negotiation skills, because they often need to transmit financial information to the management and marketing teams. The financial controller’s salaries range from $78,736 to $150,017 per year. 

IKEA FAQ and Answers for the Financial Controller Position

Q: How many questions does the PLI test contain?

A: There are 50 questions on the PLI test. Its time limit is only 12 minutes. This means that you will be given as little as 14.4 seconds to answer each question. You will not be allowed to use an extra time if you do not complete the test within 12 minutes. 

Q: How long do I have to wait to retake the PLI, if I fail it?

A: The Predictive Index Learning Indicator (PI Learning Indicator), also known as the Professional Learning Indicator (PLI), helps employers measure job candidates’ different cognitive abilities and aptitude for the role of the Financial Controller. Every organization has its own examination rules determining how often you can retake the assessment. You are advised to contact IKEA’s recruiters and ask them when you are permitted to retake the test.

Q: How do JobTestPrep’s practice materials differ from tutoring materials offered on internet?  

A: JobTestPrep conducts exhaustive research of tests required by a company as a part of its pre-employment assessment and then carefully develops tests that closely approximate the company’s tests. As a result, real tests during a hiring process do not look unfamiliar and puzzling to those who have practiced with our simulations tests. We also include numerous drills, answer keys, and detailed study guides in our packs. You thus can not only improve your results with our practice materials but also track your progress while you are studying. Tracking your progress at every stage of your preparation allows you to identify your weak points and decide to what questions to devote more attention, thereby ensuring that your weaknesses have been eliminated before you take the company’s exam. 

Our resources also usually contain descriptions of the company’s interview procedures and lists interview questions actually asked by its recruiters. We thus help you not only pass your pre-employment tests with success but also create a favorable impression in interviews. 

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Purchase JobTestPrep's exclusive practicing materials and turn your pre-employment assessment at IKEA into an unqualified success. Having practiced with our PrepPack™, you will show to IKEA's employers that you will be indispensable for the company's financial blossoming. 

What's Included

2 interview guides; interview video tutorial; interview preparation; 12 figural reasoning tests; 5 math drills; 4 inductive reasoning drills; a full personality test; 2 personality guides; a predictive index; preparation guide; 5 PI-LI tests; PI-LI study guide; 8 spatial reasoning tests; 4 back-to-basics study guides; 1 recognition of assumptions study guide; 2 antonyms tests; 2 averages video tutorials.