Look for the Positive When Recruiting

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.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Jul 31
In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom helps beginners get up to speed in Microsoft Excel. However, even experienced Excel users will learn some new tricks, particularly when David discusses under-utilized aspects of Excel.
Aug 5
This webcast will focus on accounting and disclosure policies for various types of consolidations and business combinations.
Aug 20
In this session we'll review best practices for how to generate interest in your firm’s services.
Aug 21
Meet budgets and client expectations using project management skills geared toward the unique challenges faced by CPAs. Kristen Rampe will share how knowing the keys to structuring and executing a successful project can make the difference between success and repeated failures.