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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 16, 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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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 06, 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 30, 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 24, 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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Elevating Your Advisory Services
Elevating Your Advisory Services

By Giles Pearson on Apr 27, 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 13, 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 Phone and Video Interviews

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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Time to Revisit Transparent Interviews?
Time to Revisit Transparent Interviews?

By Emily Le Grys on Jun 15, 2022

In our continued world of candidate scarcity, I and most of my clients are regularly reviewing selection/vetting processes to ensure they are as effective as possible in screening candidates, which led me to revisit the Transparent Interview. Soft substitute for ‘real’ interviews, or fair and reliable way of consistently measuring a candidate’s performance?

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How to Break a Tie Between Two Top-Tier Candidates
How to Break a Tie Between Two Top-Tier Candidates

By Emily Le Grys on Mar 01, 2022

What do you do when two outstanding candidates are vying for the same position at your firm and they have been neck and neck throughout the recruitment process, how do you decide which person to hire? Here are four strategies to consider:

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Keeping Selection Standards High in a Candidate-Scarce Labor Market
Keeping Selection Standards High in a Candidate-Scarce Labor Market

By Emily Le Grys on Oct 20, 2021

Maintaining a robust selection process with choosy candidates in a labour shortage is just another day in the challenges of management. Here’s a guide for landing great selection decisions in a tough job market.

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Hire Slow, Act Fast
Hire Slow, Act Fast

By Emily Le Grys on Aug 31, 2021

Every interaction with a candidate reveals their commitment and most importantly their attitude. Once you have your preferred candidate, you will know in the first 3 months if they are the right candidate because what they do in the first 3 months is what they will do for the next 30 years.

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