Look for the Positive When Recruiting

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When you are recruiting a new hire, are you looking strictly at the grades? A new survey indicates that other factors are just as important as accounting aptitude for an accountant’s success.

Thirty-eight percent of the 1,400 chief financial officers surveyed said that a positive attitude is the most important interpersonal skill an accounting candidate can possess. Thirty percent said being a team player is most important.

The ability of accountants to display enthusiasm and inspire coworkers to do their best is critical because employee retention is important in a tight labor market. Individuals with positive, can-do attitudes will be tomorrow’s leaders because they will look outside the traditional accounting roles.

The survey was conducted by Accountemps, the world's first and largest temporary staffing service for accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The survey covered companies with at least 20 employees.

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