10 Tips for Successful Hiring
1. Sell Effectively! Yes, despite what many may think, it is
difficult to attract top talent, even in a slow economy. If you're
looking for B and C candidates, there are plenty, but "A players"
are always in the minority. That's why you have to sell your
position effectively! Can you honestly answer why someone should
join your team? Make a list of the positive aspects of the position,
things people like about the company, the department and examples of
2. Use turnover as an opportunity to do an accounting department "check
up" by analyzing each staff member's contribution to department
success. Then redirect resources and/or redefine the open position.
Before reviewing resumes for any position, be sure to write a
complete job description.
Call DK Cole at (630) 971-2990 for a free
job description template.
Ask interviewees about how they do their job at their current
position, rather than what they did.
Use the 80/20 rule with interviews: 20% of the time, you should be
asking questions, and 80% of the time you should be listening.
6. Don't overlook reference checks or employment verification simply
because the candidate was referred by someone you know!
7. Conduct criminal background checks on new hires in accounting, but
make sure you understand background check limitations.
Software experience isn't everything. You can easily train people on
new systems, but training someone to have intelligence, values and
character is a different matter!
9. Save time on resume review. Take a blank page and draw a line down
the center. On the left side, list the most important parts of the
position, one beneath the other. Make copies and use the right side
to list a candidate's relevant experience as you review resumes.
Ask someone outside your department to interview your top
Why DK Cole?
You get the "pay for performance" of contingency search with the
consultative approach of retained search when working with DK Cole. You
get the people you need in a reasonable time frame without sacrificing
technical skill or "cultural fit" within your organization.
Beyond Databases and Resumes:
While the best hire for your position may be a candidate we already
know, we go beyond existing candidates on file to identify, qualify,
recruit and transition the right talent into your organization. It's
possible your best candidate could be someone who doesn't have a resume,
which in most cases doesn't provide what you need to know.
Confidentiality and Ethics:
DK Cole makes it a top priority to handle all aspects of our
relationships with clients and candidates with the highest level of
ethics and confidentiality.
Public Accounting Expertise:
With extensive expertise in placing individuals in public accounting
firms, we understand the technical aspects of accounting as well as the
trends in the accounting profession that affect organizations of all
sizes; both public and private. In addition, our experience includes
placements with all types of corporations from large public companies to
small, closely held businesses. We place accounting professionals at all
levels; from staff to CFO. we also specialize in
screening, interviewing and
outsourcing financial expertise.
Placement experience at DK Cole is highly diverse and includes
manufacturing, construction (member of Construction Financial Management
Association - CFMA), professional services, (including public
accounting), communications, financial services, retail, wholesale,
private equity firms, health care and many other industries.
DK Cole is a Member
CFMA - Construction Financial Management