Looking to hire an accountant at your company and searching for accounting recruitment tips? We’ve compiled our expert tips on how to best hire an accountant that is a great match for your company and role.
Or, if you’re looking for an accounting and finance recruitment agency, check out our recruitment services, and discover how Give a Grad a Go can add exceptional banking and finance candidates to your business.
Ensure candidates have the required qualifications
Our first top tip for accountancy recruitment is to ensure potential candidates have the key accounting qualifications. Make sure you’re aware of what qualifications to look for before you hire an accountant.
The AAT qualification is typically the minimum level expected of an accountant. But, if you’re looking to hire a chartered accountant, candidates must hold ACCA, ACA, or CIMA qualifications.
At Give a Grad a Go, we screen all our candidates at least twice. We will we see if they hold the right qualifications for your role, but also if they have the personality to perfectly match your company.
Decide on the complexity and field of the role
When hiring an accountant for your business, consider the duties and tasks that the accountant will be responsible for.
Think about what role this accountant will be filling in the business, and the specific finance area they will work on e.g. tax returns, financial statements, or more technical financial aspects?
Knowing what area you want your accountant to cover will allow you to decide what previous experience you require for the role and in what accounting sector.
Be aware of the key skills and qualities of an accountant
Accountant duties go beyond number crunching. It’s important to look out for certain skills when hiring an accountant for your company. Here are some key skills and qualities to look for in candidates:
Accountants will often have multiple projects to balance at one time, and have to keep the figures, financial data, and paperwork in check often. It’s important to look for candidates that possess excellent time-management and multitasking abilities during your recruitment process.
Another important quality of an accountant is to have an eye for detail and be highly numerate. The smallest mistake in figures can skew the accuracy of data. So, it’s crucial your candidates give attention to even the smallest of detail to ensure accuracy and minimise mistakes.
Adaptability is another important quality to look out for in your potential accountants. Not only will accountants have to embrace the challenges of a changing economy and new technology advances, but day-to-day new challenges may arise which they’ll need to calmly adapt to.
You want to look out for these candidate characteristics throughout your recruitment process. Asking the right questions to a candidate during an interview is the most effective way to discover if a candidate is a great match for your role. Visit our blog for some top employer interview questions to ask candidates.
Use an expert banking and finance recruitment agency
To ensure you find the right accountant for your business, using an expert recruitment agency is a great way to find the right candidate for your role. At Give a Grad a Go, we specialise in placing exceptional banking and finance candidates into a wide range of roles and company types.
With a database of talented candidates ready to go, we can quickly and efficiently find the perfect candidate for your accountant role.