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Mastering Talent: Top Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Accounting
Mastering Talent: Top Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Accounting

By Donna Roughan on Jun 12, 2024

The balance of power in hiring has shifted towards candidates who are likely to receive multiple offers. To attract top talent, firms must not only implement these strategies but also communicate them effectively. Engaging existing employees to understand their needs can help both in recruiting new talent and retaining current staff.

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Candidates Don't Drop Out Because of Assessment
Candidates Don't Drop Out Because of Assessment

By Giles Pearson on Feb 27, 2024

Explore the advantages of incorporating pre-employment assessments in accounting and bookkeeping firms' hiring practices. Research indicates that candidates who perform well in assessments are more inclined to complete them, enabling firms to pinpoint high-quality applicants efficiently, thus enhancing the hiring process.

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The Power of Integrity in Accounting: Why It's a Non-Negotiable Trait
The Power of Integrity in Accounting: Why It's a Non-Negotiable Trait

By Giles Pearson on Aug 15, 2023

Integrity is a non-negotiable trait in accounting, laying a trustworthy foundation for success, enabling expert conflict resolution, fostering sound decision-making, and promoting a positive team culture. Making it a central criterion in your hiring process not only ensures smooth business operations but also safeguards your company's reputation

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Conducting Interviews for Accountants and Bookkeepers
Conducting Interviews for Accountants and Bookkeepers

By Giles Pearson on Aug 08, 2023

Conducting effective interviews for accountants and bookkeepers is crucial, and following a structured format with competency-based questioning, thorough note-taking, and panel reviews can ensure an efficient and fair hiring process

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Where is the Data to Sell Advisory Services to Your Clients
Where is the Data to Sell Advisory Services to Your Clients

By Giles Pearson on Jul 05, 2023

Want to see if Accountests will work for your firm? Click on the button for a FREE trial test - use it on a candidate or get one of your staff to g...

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CPA Firms Background Screening: Mitigating Risk and Ensuring Trust
CPA Firms Background Screening: Mitigating Risk and Ensuring Trust

By Giles Pearson on May 29, 2023

Explore the importance of background screening for CPA firms in this insightful article by Chris Cooley from MyHRScreens. Learn how thorough checks can mitigate risks, verify credentials, maintain trust and credibility, create a safe working environment, and prevent corporate fraud, ultimately securing a firm's reputation and client trust.

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How Do We Educate Accountants Tomorrow?
How Do We Educate Accountants Tomorrow?

By Giles Pearson on May 23, 2023

Discover how AI is set to impact the education of accountants in this thought-provoking blog. With questions raised about the role of technical knowledge and communication skills, the author proposes changes to the educational system to adapt to the rise of AI and suggests that those who embrace these changes will be in high demand

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Easy Ways To Avoid A Bad Hire In Public Accounting
Easy Ways To Avoid A Bad Hire In Public Accounting

By Giles Pearson on May 16, 2023

This informative blog provides a practical model for demonstrating the cost of a bad hire in public accounting and offers tips to avoid making one. Drawing on 25 years of experience, the author emphasizes the importance of hiring with a purpose, mastering the art of interviewing, verifying beyond the resume, emphasizing team compatibility, and swift decision-making.

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CPAs vs ChatGPT vs Jasper.ai
CPAs vs ChatGPT vs Jasper.ai

By Giles Pearson on May 09, 2023

Who’s better – ChatGPT or Jasper? And would they pass a CPA level exam? We thought we’d get Chat GPT and Jasper.ai to take our CPA level Public Accounting Test. This test is used by employers to assess candidates for roles where a CPA licence is usually required. We analysed the questions into categories to try and see where each AI performed. This is not a scientific analysis but here is what we found...

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Elevating Your Advisory Services
Elevating Your Advisory Services

By Giles Pearson on Apr 26, 2023

As businesses face a growing demand for experienced and reliable financial guidance, accounting firms are striving to offer more advanced, personalized services such as Virtual CFO and Virtual Controller. Find out how to make sure new and existing hires have the knowledge and experience to offer these services to your clients.

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Who Should Your Accounting Firm Hire Next?
Who Should Your Accounting Firm Hire Next?

By Emily Le Grys on Jul 12, 2022

Ryan concludes that accounting firms should treat new hires like any other investment decision – what is the ROI, especially in terms of the tasks this new person will be able to take off the firm owner.  This will likely sway decision making more towards hiring senior rather junior than might otherwise have been the case. Taking the strategic view might result in a different decision than initially considered.

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Making The Most of Video Interviews for Accountants
Making The Most of Video Interviews for Accountants

By Emily Le Grys on Jun 21, 2022

When used effectively, phone-interviews bring all the benefits of identifying the best candidate for the role, without the current risks and expense of bringing candidates in from all over and organizing the resources to accommodate interviews and candidates.  However, they also bring the considerable risk of missing out on great candidates when run ineffectively.

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