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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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Top Tips for Hiring Raw Talent In Accounting Firms
Top Tips for Hiring Raw Talent In Accounting Firms

By Giles Pearson on Aug 06, 2023

When you’ve advertised a role for a lower level position a few times, and no one of any interest has applied, you get the message that the talent pool is dry. Hiring raw talent is hard. Training them once you’ve hired them is harder still, and much costlier. Making sure you start with the right people will mean it’s more likely this investment pays dividends for your firm. Know your candidates

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Assessing an Accountant's Project Management Skills
Assessing an Accountant's Project Management Skills

By Giles Pearson on Jul 30, 2023

Assessing project management skills in accounting firms can be challenging through interviews alone. It is recommended to use personality, specifically Big-5/OCEAN based questionnaires, to gain valuable insights into a candidate's suitability for project management by evaluating traits such as conscientiousness, self-discipline, social boldness, assertion, and calmness. These traits are associated with success in project management roles within the accounting field.

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Interview Best Practice – Preparing for the Interview
Interview Best Practice – Preparing for the Interview

By Giles Pearson on Jul 25, 2023

Discover the importance of implementing a structured and competency-based approach to interviews for accounting and bookkeeper candidates. Learn how competency-based interviews reduce subjectivity, provide legal protection, and ensure consistent hiring decisions, while exploring key competency questions that assess candidate skills and behaviors.

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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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How to Handle Salary Negotiations
How to Handle Salary Negotiations

By Giles Pearson on Jul 04, 2023

Discover effective strategies to navigate salary negotiations when hiring accounting professionals for your firm. Learn how to strike a balance between offering competitive compensation and adhering to budget constraints while attracting top candidates

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ChatGPT Does Accountests Debits & Credits Test
ChatGPT Does Accountests Debits & Credits Test

By Giles Pearson on Jun 21, 2023

Explore the intriguing results of ChatGPT's performance in a Debits & Credits Test, shedding light on its understanding of essential accounting and bookkeeping concepts. Learn how AI's proficiency in handling debits and credits could potentially reshape the future of the accounting industry.

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Keeping Remote Accountants Engaged
Keeping Remote Accountants Engaged

By Emily Le Grys on Jun 20, 2023

Explore effective strategies to boost engagement in hybrid accounting firms, ensuring remote employees stay connected and motivated. Uncover the secrets to overcoming remote work challenges and fostering a thriving environment in this new era of accounting.

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4 Days With 3000 Accountants!
4 Days With 3000 Accountants!

By Giles Pearson on Jun 14, 2023

As an exhibitor at AICPA Engage, we gained valuable insights into the accounting industry's current challenges and trends. Networking with professionals and showcasing our solutions allowed us to contribute to addressing the most pressing problems for accountants right now. The experience emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation for the profession's future success and sustainability.

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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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