Interviewing a Financial Analyst? Here Are Some Good Questions to Ask.

As you prepare to interview a financial analyst for your company, you need to prepare some tough questions to ask the candidates. These questions should challenge the candidates and also help them exhibit their knowledge and experience within the industry. The last thing you want to do is hire a candidate who is less than stellar when it comes to the financial world. We will discuss the best questions to ask a financial analyst candidate in this post.

What do you want to learn from this position?

One of the first questions you must ask a candidate is what they want to learn from the position should they be hired. This is an important question because you will be able to gauge the interest of the candidate and what they already know about the industry and the job.

Describe a time when you had to meet a deadline, but failed to do so.

This is more of a request than a question, but it is still very important to discuss with the candidate. You need to discuss this subject so you can find out how honest the candidate is and whether or not they were able to handle the adversity that was presented to them by the missed deadline.

Have you ever made a bad financial decision?

Another important question you should ask every candidate is if they have ever made a bad financial decision during their career. You do not need to base your hiring decision solely on the answer to this question, but it should be taken into consideration. You should follow up by asking the candidate what they learned from the mistake.

What are financial models?

Any good interviewer knows that a financial analyst candidate must be asked this question. If they cannot answer this question immediately and explicitly, then they might not be the right person for the job.

More Important Questions to Ask:

– What is the importance of a monthly sales report?

– How does a company calculate its monthly cash flow?

– What programs do you use to create graphs, charts, and spreadsheets for data?

– How do you monitor industry development?

– How do you handle a financial analysis project?

– What types of profitability models do you use?

-Which profitability model do you think is best and why?

As you can see, when interviewing financial analyst candidates, the questions you ask should be challenging. This will help you gauge their experience within the industry and whether or not they are a strong fit for your company.

Featured Candidate: A/P, A/R Expert

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, an A/P and A/R expert based near Chicago, IL:

  • Vendor invoicing, coding, posting to GL, created batching, expense reports, vendor coordination, national accounts.  MS Dynamics AX vouching, TSS, Oracle. Customer cash application, Credit cards/PayPal reports. ACH wire transfers. Posting, processing of bills, vendor information. Matching of purchase orders with shipping/receiving documents. Extensive Excel skills, extensive software knowledge.
  • Available for:  Temp to hire or direct hire.
  • Location:  Chicago IL and near suburbs.

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Featured Candidate: Financial Analyst, Sr Accountant

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, a financial analyst and senior accountant based in Chicago, IL:

  • Demonstrated success in project management, accounting, IT projects related to finance and supply chain, general management, and operations. Fortune 500, mid and small companies, as well as new business startups. Experienced in accounting applications and functions; evaluated and streamlined processes, cost and efficiencies; and detailed business analysis in engagement and project work. Extensive knowledge of SAP and Oracle. Advanced Excel skill sets include pivot tables, v-lookups, and if-statements. Candidate for the CPA exam.
  • Available for:  Temp to hire or direct hire.
  • Location:  Chicago IL 

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Featured Candidate: Payroll Professional

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, a payroll professional based in Wauconda, IL:

  • Areas of expertise: Multi-state payroll and multi-company federal reporting
  • Over 10 years as Payroll Manager and administrator processing up to 3500 employees and 7 companies. Instrumental in automating systems in 2 companies,  supervised payroll staff. Proficient with  SAP,Ceridian, ADP.
  • Available for:  Temp to hire or direct hire.
  • Location:  Wauconda, IL  area

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Featured Candidate: CFO/Controller

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, a CFO/controller with a small business background:

  • Small/mid size privately held company background
  • CPA with a progressive work history.    Excellent communication skills.   Service industry and distribution industry background.  Recently lead finance for a $210M dollar company with multiple sites and helped facilitate the sale of the company.
  • Available for:  Direct Hire
  • Location: Flexible

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Featured Candidate: Senior Payroll Administrator

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, a senior payroll administrator with multi-state payroll experience:

  • ADP and multi-state payroll experience within both large corporate setting (several thousand employee) and small company (several hundred employee) environment using ADP software.   Respond to payroll inquiries, garnishments, conduct payroll audits, provide SOX reports, administer 401k.
  • Available for:   Direct Hire only
  • Location:  Northwest Suburbs

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Featured Candidate: Accounting Clerk

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, an accounting clerk with many areas of expertise:

  • Reliable/Great references
  • Expertise in Accounts Payable, payroll processing, monthly accruals, journal entries, G/L reconciliations, intermediate excel skills
  • Available for:   Temp to Hire and Direct Hire
  • Location:  Northwest and West Suburbs

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Featured Candidate: Senior Accountant

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. Here is one of our featured candidates, a senior accountant with plenty of experience:

  • CPA with excellent work ethic.  Experience includes:   Financial Statement preparation, consolidations, budget preparation, has supervised A/P and A/R.
  • Available for:  Temp, Temp to Hire and Direct Hire
  • Location:  Northwest Suburbs

Like what you see? This is just one of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Top Accounting And Finance Talent For Fall 2014

We at Casey Accounting & Finance Resources pride ourselves on providing our clients with the best job candidates available in accounting and finance. From accounting clerks to CFOs, we are committed to fitting your vacant positions with the appropriate talent. Here are some examples of our featured candidates:

Credit Analyst:

  • Fantastic work history!
  • Strong MFG industry experience handling a portfolio of 400 accounts with a $6 million balance.   Experience includes research, analysis and collections.  Designed and implemented a web based credit application and credit limit process for new customers and monitoring credit lines for current customers.
  • Available for:   Temp to Hire and Direct Hire
  • Location:  Chicago IL and Near West Suburbs

Senior Accountant:

  • CPA with excellent work ethic.  Experience includes:   Financial Statement preparation, consolidations, budget preparation, has supervised A/P and A/R.
  • Available for:   Temp, Temp to Hire and Direct Hire
  • Location:  Northwest Suburbs

Accounting Clerk:

  • Reliable/Great references
  • Expertise in Accounts Payable, payroll processing, monthly accruals, journal entries, G/L reconciliations, intermediate excel skills
  • Available for:   Temp to Hire and Direct Hire
  • Location:  Northwest and West Suburbs

Senior Payroll Administrator:

  • ADP and multi-state payroll experience within both large corporate setting (several thousand employee) and small company (several hundred employee) environment using ADP software.   Respond to payroll inquiries, garnishments, conduct payroll audits, provide SOX reports, administer 401k.
  • Available for:   Direct Hire only
  • Location:  Northwest Suburbs

CFO/Controller:

  • Small/mid size privately held company background
  • CPA with a progressive work history.    Excellent communication skills.   Service industry and distribution industry background.  Recently lead finance for a $210M dollar company with multiple sites and helped facilitate the sale of the company.
  • Available for:  Direct Hire
  • Location: Flexible

Payroll Professional:

  • Areas of expertise: Multi state payroll and multi company federal reporting
  • Over 10 years as Payroll Manager and administrator processing up to 3500 employees and 7 companies. Instrumental in automating systems in 2 companies,  supervised payroll staff. Proficient with  SAP,Ceridian, ADP.
  • Available for:  Temp to hire or direct hire.
  • Location:  Wauconda IL  area

Financial Analyst, Sr Accountant:

  • Demonstrated success in project management, accounting, IT projects related to finance and supply chain, general management, and operations. Fortune 500, mid and small companies, as well as new business startups. Experienced in accounting applications and functions; evaluated and streamlined processes, cost and efficiencies; and detailed business analysis in engagement and project work. Extensive knowledge of SAP and Oracle. Advanced Excel skill sets include pivot tables, v-lookups, and if-statements. Candidate for the CPA exam.
  • Available for:  Temp to hire or direct hire.
  • Location:  Chicago IL

A/P, A/R expert:
Manufacturing, Retail, Healthcare, Transportation

  • Vendor invoicing, coding, posting to GL, created batching, ,expense reports, vendor coordination, national accounts.  MS Dynamics AX vouching, TSS, Oracle. Customer cash application, Credit cards/PayPal reports. ACH wire transfers. Posting, processing of bills, vendor information. Matching of purchase orders with shipping/receiving documents. Extensive Excel skills, extensive software knowledge.
  • Available for:  Temp to hire or direct hire.
  • Location:  Chicago IL and near suburbs.

Like what you see? These are just some of the great candidates we have to offer. Contact Casey Accounting & Finance Resources today and let us place the right accounting and finance worker with your company!

Seasoned Veteran vs Young Talent: Who To Hire?

Companies across the country are faced with a dilemma on a daily basis; do they hire a seasoned veteran of the workforce or young talent just out of college for an accounting position? This can be a difficult question to answer, but we will discuss both options, so companies know how to go about their hiring process for open positions.

Hire the Seasoned Veteran

As we take a look at hiring veteran workers, one thing we need to keep in mind is the fact that this should not be gauged by birthdays. Instead, companies need to gauge a veteran worker by the years he has worked within the industry, the experiences they have amassed, the personal networks created, and the trials and errors solved throughout their career.

If your company wants to hire a veteran worker, it needs to take into account the wisdom and experiences that worker has accumulated during their career. The more wisdom and experience an employee has, the more effective or helpful he/she will be to the company hiring him/her.

Hire the Young Talent

Companies that hire young talent will be rewarded with fresh ideas and new perspectives to complete projects assigned to them. Young talent right out of college, or with very little time in the workforce, will be more inclined to take risks with projects in order to see their company succeed.

Hiring young talent often means that they likely will not finish their career with your company. Gone are the days of employees working for one company their entire career. This means that within two to five years, you will need to replace the young talent as they move to other ventures.

The bottom line here is that you need to look at both veteran workers and young talent when positions become available at your company. Reach out to Casey Accounting & Resources in Chicago IL and hire a suitable temporary employee to try before you commit to any one employee. This gives you a chance to see what they are all about while they prove their worth to your organization.