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Why Paying A Competitive Salary Is Important

By Steve Evans on Nov 04, 2020

Wages may be classed as an operating expense, but like any good investment, strong staff salaries can deliver healthy returns. Your business may have a great product or service but the true strength of the ...

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How To Reject A Candidate

By Steve Evans on Oct 28, 2020

All too often, when candidates apply for roles, they are never contacted if they are unsuccessful. This can leave them feeling annoyed, especially if they have devoted their time and energy to attend interv...

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The Case To Hire For Accounting Skills Not Attitude

By Giles Pearson on Oct 21, 2020

Pick-up nearly any business book and the recommendation is likely to be the same: when building a team, "hire for attitudes and train for skills". This seems to be the catchphrase in recent years for recrui...

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Case Study on Managing Salary Expectations

By Giles Pearson on Oct 15, 2020

There’s always different ways to use skills testing to find the right candidate at the right price.  Our UK based client recently gave us this story where she used testing to challenge the candidate and rec...

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One Chance to Make the Right Impression to a Candidate
One Chance to Make the Right Impression to a Candidate

By Steve Evans on Oct 07, 2020

Whether it’s a new client your pitching for, or trying to hire the right person, the challenges are the same – they have options and can be choosy! Candidate experience during the recruiting process is make...

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Remote employee on-boarding checklist

By Steve Evans on Sep 30, 2020

  Onboarding a new employee remotely? Use this checklist… There’s plenty to consider when you’re bringing a new employee onboard – from meeting the team to being set up with the right tools. But what ab...

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Interview Questions for Accountant Competencies

By Steve Evans on Sep 09, 2020

Competency Based Interviewing Checklist Before we run through the competency interview questions, let’s quickly review what competency based interviewing is and whether you need support in delivering this te...

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Write an accountant job ad that will attract top candidates
Write an accountant job ad that will attract top candidates

By Steve Evans on Aug 28, 2020

  Writing a job ad or posting is just like writing any advertisement. If you take the analogy that the job is your product and the job seekers are your customers, you need to make a compelling case for why t...

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8 Steps To Follow When Making Job Offers To Accountants

By Steve Evans on Aug 07, 2020

Current global events have resulted in most employers of accountants and bookkeepers suddenly finding those ‘hard to fill’ roles have more qualified and suitable people applying to work with them than they ...

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Addressing the risks of unsupervised testing

By Giles Pearson on Jul 09, 2020

  Addressing the Risks of Unsupervised Candidate Testing – Zoom to the Rescue!   At Accountests, we like to share emerging innovative practices with our clients and the wider community of people who like mak...

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Position descriptions and person specs for accountants

By Steve Evans on Jun 18, 2020

  When a position vacancy arises, it provides an opportunity for you to review the needs and resources of the business and align staff skill sets to initiatives and goals. As part of the review process, an ...

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Audit Senior / Audit Manager Technical Knowledge Test

By Giles Pearson on Jun 04, 2020

Have you ever tried to hire auditors?  After 5+ years of talking to accounting firms about the challenges of hiring experienced accountants, we often hear recruiting managers telling us “We wish you had some...

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