Business owners don’t always have a clear understanding of what qualities and experience to look for from their accounting + finance team. Since we have decades of experience in the field, we understand what it takes to screen and assess prospective professionals to make sure they are the right fit for our clients. So here are a few tips:
1) Look for “clues” or “signs” in candidates’ resumés that point to behavioral patterns. For example, if you’re looking to fill a position where there are well-established procedures or where the employee will be responsible for consistent, repetitive tasks, look for “signs” that the candidate embraces constancy. People that move frequently from one position to another may be telegraphing their need for newness and variety; That might mean they’d be more comfortable in an environment that is less structured.
2) Listen to their answers — and their questions. Often the questions a prospective employee asks are as revealing as the answers they provide. If, for example, you’re looking for someone who is big picture vs. detail-oriented, they will likely ask questions about goals, dreams, vision, a “5 year plan” versus more tactical queries about processes, systems, implementation.
These are just a couple of insights we’ve discovered over the years we’ve identified, interviewed and cultivated professionals for our clients’ finance teams.
If you’re looking for finance and accounting team members that fit, give us a call. We know what you’re looking for.