Tips for Filling Accounting or Finance Positions

Filling your accounting or finance positions during The Great Resignation can be challenging. Many employees are leaving their jobs for opportunities that better align with their goals, values, and interests.

Fortunately, understanding what candidates are looking for in accounting or finance positions helps guide your approach to hiring. These suggestions can help.

Implement these tips for filling accounting or finance positions.

Be Involved in the Entire Hiring Process

Clarify exactly what you are looking for in a candidate. This provides a foundation on which other members of your hiring team can help source candidates.

For instance, assume you need to hire an accounting clerk. You might develop a list of the required and preferred skills as a guide for your hiring team.

Your list of required skills for an accounting clerk might include:

  • Knowledge of basic finance, accounting, and bookkeeping principles
  • Proficiency in mathematics
  • Ability to learn new technologies
  • Time management skills
  • Attention to detail

Your list of preferred skills for an accounting clerk might include:

  • Formal accounting training
  • Experience in administrative or accounting roles
  • Proficiency with budgeting and bookkeeping software
  • Collaborative work style
  • Strong communication skills

Stating exactly what you are looking for helps your hiring team properly source active and passive candidates. Narrowing down your pool of qualified candidates saves time when reviewing resumes and deciding whom to contact for interviews.

Build Candidate Relationships

Get to know active and passive candidates on a personal level. This increases their interest in filling your accounting and finance positions.

Learn all you can about a candidate’s education, skills, experience, goals, and interests. Find out what motivates them to work, what they like most and least about their jobs, and what attracts them to an employer.

Focus on how one of your opportunities fits with the candidate’s background. Emphasize what the candidate would gain by coming to work for you.

Focusing on your candidates’ wants and needs encourages them to want to work for you. This increases your likelihood of adding top talent to your team.

Ask Relevant Interview Questions

Pay attention to a candidate’s hard and soft skills and behavioral intelligence during an interview. For instance, if you need to hire an accounting clerk, you might ask:

How do you maintain quality control with your work?

Candidates should thoroughly check their work to ensure accuracy. Listen for cross-checking or strategies for quality control and attention to detail. Minimizing errors saves time and money.

How do you manage to work under tight deadlines?

Candidates should be able to juggle multiple projects and manage workflows while under pressure. They must work efficiently, delegate tasks, and request support when needed. Listen for a positive attitude while facing challenges, the ability to prioritize work, and effective time management skills.

How do you present financial data to nonfinancial professionals?

Candidates should feel comfortable sharing financial information in a calm, effective manner. Their audience should be able to understand and apply the information to their situation.

Need Help Filling Accounting or Finance Positions?

Being involved in the entire hiring process and building candidate relationships help source qualified candidates and encourage them to apply to your accounting or finance positions. Asking relevant interview questions lets you find the best candidates to add to your team.

For additional help filling your accounting or finance positions, partner with Casey Accounting & Finance Resources. Find out more today.

Reclaim Your Time: Ways to a More Productive Life Balancing Hybrid Work, Hybrid Schooling and Other Activities

Attempting to integrate your hybrid work and your kids’ hybrid schooling with your personal interests is challenging. There likely isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything. Fortunately, making simple changes to your routine can significantly improve your results. You should gain a greater sense of control over things and the direction they move in.

Implement these simple ideas to increase your productivity while managing hybrid work, hybrid schooling, and personal activities.

Organize Your Tasks

Decide which activities are better suited for the office and which should be done at home. In most cases, collaborative tasks involving projects, colleagues’ and managers’ input, in-person meetings, and casual discussions should be done onsite. Administrative tasks like checking email, scheduling meetings, and planning for upcoming work should be done remotely.

Focus on What Is Important

When you are busy, you may want to finish seemingly urgent tasks, like checking email, to feel a sense of accomplishment. However, this often means that important tasks go undone. At the end of the day, you might feel disappointed that you did not achieve more of what mattered. Instead, focus on finishing your urgent and important activities first. Then, you can attend to your less important tasks later. You should feel a greater sense of productivity throughout the day.

Reduce Your Time Confetti

Time confetti is the concept of your mind being pulled in different directions while you try to focus on work or enjoy your leisure time. Much of the problem is due to technology distracting you from the present. This creates tension between what you are doing and what you could or should be doing. Without the ability to live in the moment, you tend to feel stressed and overwhelmed. You can combat this issue by taking time each day for mindfulness, mediation, yoga, or any other activity that trains your brain to live in the moment. This helps you focus on what you are doing, finish it, and move on to your next activity. As you accomplish more work each day, you feel better about your achievements. You also have more time for your family and outside interests.

Add Accounting and Finance Professionals to Your Team

Trying to manage hybrid work, hybrid schooling, and personal activities is difficult. It takes time to develop a flexible strategy that fits your needs. By experimenting with where you complete your tasks, what you spend your time on, and how you maintain focus, you can better attain the results you want.

When you need additional staff to increase your accounting and finance team’s productivity, turn to Casey Accounting & Finance Resources. Learn more today.

Recent Job Placements from Casey Accounting & Finance Resources

Currently, Casey Accounting & Finance Resources is placing 1 out of 3.2 candidates who interviewed for a position. That’s a great ratio for a staffing agency and is part of the reason we have great relationships with accounting and finance companies located in the Chicago area and were recently honored with a Best of Staffing Award® from Inavero.

Check out some of our most recent placements below, and if you’re interested, contact our great team of HR recruiters today!

CASEY ACCOUNTING & FINANCE RESOURCES placements include the following:

  • Director of Finance-Mt. Prospect, IL
  • Staff Accountant-Northbrook, IL
  • Credit Analyst-Glendale Heights, IL
  • Collections-Temporary-Maywood, IL
  • Payroll Manager-Schiller Park, IL
  • Sr. Accountant-Temporary-Mundelein, IL
  • Payroll-Temporary-Chicago, IL
  • Payroll-Temporary-Rolling Meadows, IL
  • A/P Clerk-Temporary-Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Accounting Clerk-Temporary-Chicago, IL
  • Senior Director of Finance-Schaumburg, IL
  • A/P Clerk-Temporary-Cicero, IL
  • Accounting Clerk-Temporary-Chicago, IL
  • Payroll Specialist-Temporary-Schiller Park, IL
  • Accounting Clerk-Temporary-Chicago, IL
  • Senior Accountant-McHenry, IL
  • Billing Analyst-Deerfield, IL
  • Staff Accountant-Chicago, IL
  • Staff Accountant-Temporary-Lincolnshire, IL
  • Accountant-Bartlett, IL
  • Senior Accountant-Mount Prospect, IL
  • Accounting Clerk-Temporary, Elgin, IL
  • A/P Clerk-Temporary-Mount Prospect, IL
  • Payroll Specialist-Temporary-Elk Grove Village, IL
  • A/R Specialist- Schaumburg, IL
  • Staff Accountant-Chicago, IL
  • Accountant-Temporary-Chicago, IL
  • Credit/Collections-Temporary-Wood Dale, IL
  • A/P Clerk-Temporary-Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Senior Accountant-Schaumburg, IL
  • Staff Accountant-Temporary -Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Accounting Manager-Chicago, IL
  • Accounting Clerk-Temporary-Hoffman Estates, IL
  • A/R Clerk-Carol Stream, IL
  • Senior A/R Specialist-Schaumburg, IL
  • A/R Clerk-Temporary-Evanston, IL
  • A/R Clerk-Temporary-Schaumburg, IL
  • Staff Accountant-Temporary-Chicago, IL

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