Hiring The Best Person To Fit Your Accounting Needs
Tips of the trade...
...by Becky Mease 1/22/2010
Locating and hiring the best accountant for your needs is a task that can prove to be more difficult than believed. In the vast world of finance and accounting, there are numerous candidates with various qualifications to fill positions that business owners require worldwide. It is vital to know what your business needs are in order to hire the best accountant. Furthermore, the relationship that is established between business owner and accountant can be the making or breaking of any successful business.
Financejobz.com wishes to assist their clientele the best way they can, and fully believe these suggestions can aid you in hiring the best person to fit your accounting needs.
Do thorough background checks on possible candidates- this includes any recommendations or referrals from associates and friends. Word of mouth references can often times lead to a successful business relationship. Remember, the information that is shared with your accountant is confidential and very personal. Therefore, a certain bond of trust needs to be present or established and hiring someone who is less than trustworthy isn’t acceptable.
Check credentials, references, and past performance if possible. An accountant that continues their education and takes initiative in learning the new laws/regulations is a person you want on your payroll.
Trust your gut feeling about the candidate. Do you feel comfortable with them as a person? Do you feel they understand what you’re looking for in an accountant? Do they understand the business goals that you have set and know how to carry them out? Take the time to get to know them in whatever fashion that makes you feel you have a true picture of the type of person and accountant they are.
-Be sure the accountant you hire is experienced in the type of accounting that you need. Corporate accounting that develop financial statements and perform internal audits may not be appropriate for small business owners on the same caliber. Know what you want the m to specialize in.
Don’t be afraid to make a change if you feel you’ve made the wrong decision in a new hire. If your new accountant is not performing to the standards for which you have set, do not waste your time and potential money in the “wait and see game.” It could be a mistake that costs you your company.