By Steven E. Sacks
The NEW Fundamentals: Practical Guidance for Today’s Accounting Firms
“You've gotta understand – when you interview someone, it's not an interrogation. It's not the Nuremberg Trials.” – Joan Rivers
The process of interviewing candidates can be done more effectively if less reliance is placed on the resume. Much has been written on this, from psychologists to organization behavioral scientists and everyone in between. The prevailing view is there needs to be the “knowing of the unknown.”
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Filling a position, after all, is a two-way street of mystery: The candidate will have no idea of what the actual work environment will be like, and the organization will not know if the candidate matches up with his or her resume. If you are responsible for selecting candidates or at least screening them in the early phases, use your time wisely and ask relevant and insightful questions. It will be a mutually beneficial exercise.
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About the Author
Steven Sacks, CPA, CGMA, ABC, has been at the forefront of the accounting profession for 30 years.
He is the author of
"The NEW Fundamentals: Practical Guidance for Today’s Accounting Firms,"
available here from CPA Trendlines.
His involvement included the development of the first set of consulting standards, the creation of the Accredited in Business Valuation credential, the publication of practice management guides and award-winning newsletters, and addressing business development and organizational management in both the public and private sectors. He has served professional service firms and membership associations through the deliverance of leading-edge conferences, presented to colleges and universities on careers in accounting, and created workshops, webinars, and webcasts on a variety of accounting and consulting topics.
As the CEO and founder of Solutions to Results LLC, Steven assists professional service firms and organizations to solve the challenges of human capital development, workplace culture, and developing effective internal and external communication strategies and techniques. Previously, as executive director of Moore Stephens North America, he served CPA firms with conferences, webinars, workshops, various communication vehicles (including a multi-year, award-winning association newsletter), and a skills database for the development of domestic and international engagement referrals. At the AICPA, he developed strategies and business plans for growing the consulting services membership section; published technical service and practice management guides; participated in the creation of the first set of standards for consulting services; led the creation of the Accredited in Business Valuation credential; developed niche conferences in valuation, litigation support and forensic services; and presented to colleges and universities about CPA consulting careers.Click here for more by Steven Sacks