How to hire the most suitable accountant for your team

James Gallagher 05.07.2012

The success of any face-to-face interview is directly related to your ability (the interviewer) to ask the relevant questions.

These should be in-depth questions that really ascertain the interviewee's ability to do the job, his/her suitability for your finance team and their commitment for the future; there must be a fit on all fronts. 

There is a multiple-choice personality questionnaire called the 16PF that can help you as an interviewer ask the most relevant questions. It measures 16 personality factors of the person you are considering for the position.

After completing an analysis of the role and having the prospective candidate complete a 30-40 minute 16PF questionnaire, you should have a detailed picture of the person's suitability for the type of work being proposed and an indication of their 'fit' with your existing team (as there should be some similarity and some difference in every team).
One practical application of the 16PF is you can generate really meaningful interview questions that address key areas of relevance and effectively probe issues of concern from a boarder perspective. It can also ensure that organisations do not consistently hire the same profile of person just because the hiring manager(s) like this type of person and the associated skill set; this can be a recipe for disaster or at best mediocrity.
If you would like more advice on sourcing the right people for your team, give the accounting & finance team a call. If you are a jobseeker looking for more interview tips read similiar articles like 'Interview questions and how best to answer them' or 'How to ensure that you are selected at interview!'
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