Are You Asking Accounting Candidates The Right Questions?
When you’re interviewing a candidate for an accounting job in your firm, there are certainly important questions about their skills and experience that you will need to address. But that isn’t all you should know about your candidates before you make a hiring decision. What about their soft skills or other background that they can bring to the table in your firm? Here are 3 questions that will help you get to the bottom of things and make sure you’re learning the right information.
- What are your motivations? With this question, you can get to the heart of how this candidate works on a daily basis. You want to know how they work on a team, what kind of office environment they prefer, and how they handle stressful situations. Ultimately, you want to see if they will match your company culture and the motivation style of your current staff. For example, if this accounting candidate loves the pressure of last minute deadlines, they may not fit into the methodical and procedure oriented team you have in place. Or, if they prefer to be left alone to complete their tasks, they may not like a collaborative environment.
- What do you feel like you excel at the most? You need to determine the skills are a match, but there are always auxiliary skills that may be a benefit for your company. You want to know how they function on the job, how they see their own skills, and how they can be an asset to your company. For example, if your accounting team also has customer facing duties, you want to hire someone who feels like they excel at communications. You can see their skill, experience, and references, but what they will tell you can have more weight than any of these things.
- Were you happy in your last position? The answer for this question is very simple. It seems like a yes or no situation, but the real information lies in how they choose to answer. A candidate who is willing to share negative information about a previous company may not have the right attitude to work in your environment. If they didn’t think they were happy, why not? Was it stress? Was it management? Was it environment? All of this will be critical for your hiring decision.