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The Dire Consequences of Hiring the Wrong Accounting Candidate

By Steve Evans on Jul 10, 2019

Hiring the wrong person for the job can result in severe financial and time costs, according to Megan Alexander, general manager of Robert Half New Zealand. Not only do managers have to start the recruitment...

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How to Hire the Modern Accountant, Part 2

By Giles Pearson on May 21, 2019

Following on from our last post where we identified the seven ‘Professional Quotients’ (a mix of technical knowledge, skills and abilities formed with interpersonal behaviours and qualities) the ACCA deem es...

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How Accountants Need To Network

By Giles Pearson on Apr 25, 2019

Networking is a great skill to have, but for many people, it doesn't come naturally.  Fear not. We've compiled a list of practical networking tips to help you get the most from putting yourself out there. It...

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How to Hire The Modern Accountant

By Giles Pearson on Apr 25, 2019

Helen Brand, the CEO of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) launched a report from an international study which identified seven attributes essential to success for accountants and finance ...

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How to Master the Art of Giving Feedback

By Giles Pearson on Mar 26, 2019

In the same way that the feedback you receive needs to be heard to be effective, the feedback you give also has to be heard to be effective. The difference is that when you are receiving feedback you control...

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The Case for Hiring for Accounting Skills over Attitude

By Steve Evans on Mar 26, 2019

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 recruit...

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Ethics in Accounting: How to Handle Common Dilemmas

By Giles Pearson on Feb 26, 2019

Numbers don’t lie. It’s a cliché you’ve likely heard before. It's also one you may know to be untrue. Numbers — or rather, financial data — are only as truthful and clear as finance professionals interpret a...

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Science-Based Hiring: 5 Basic Principles to Improve Your Recruitment Process

By Giles Pearson on Jan 24, 2019

Implementing a recruitment system that is efficient, predictive, candidate-friendly, reduces turnover, and is valuable to recruiting managers takes a fair amount of planning and effort. No single recruitment...

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Best Practice Tips For Conducting Reference Checks

By Steve Evans on Jan 15, 2019

You think you've found the right candidate for your Accounting Firm. Qualifications, experience, skillset and personality all seem like a good fit. But there’s one more step in your hiring process: checking ...

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Step By Step Guide To Shortlisting For Accounting Jobs

By Steve Evans on Nov 27, 2018

Step 1: Determine your shortlist criteria The purpose of shortlisting is to assess candidate’s suitability and identify those who best meet the selection criteria and who are most likely to be capable of car...

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How Accountants Need To Build Trust

By Giles Pearson on Nov 27, 2018

Broad-based surveys consistently find the likes of firefighters, doctors and nurses the most trusted professions, but when businesses are surveyed, accountants emerge as trusted leaders. But trust has to be ...

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Treat others how THEY wish to be treated

By Giles Pearson on Nov 27, 2018

Have you ever been annoyed at your team member for being too loud or rambunctious? Or impatient with your employee for not getting to the point quick enough? We all have different styles of communicating and...

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