When it comes to hiring staff, there will always be challenges involved. However, when it comes to hiring a bookkeeper, these challenges are extrapolated! Why? Because once you hire a bookkeeper and put them to work, they operate without much supervision and literally have access to off of your business banking information and often times, your personal information, too!
With this in mind, below are some great tips to keep in mind when interviewing potential bookkeepers.
Can They Help Your Business?
It’s one thing to manage your company finances and keep your accounts in order, but it’s quite another to smooth out any bottlenecks in your processes or maximise your budget by taking advantage of available tax credits and concessions.
While the majority of your candidates can do the basics of the job, look for one with experience in your type of business. This experience will enable them to do much more for your business then simply manage the books, it could also help you to improve your efficiency and maximise your profits.
What Type of Software Can They Use?
There are obviously the big name brands that the majority of bookkeepers will be trained to use, however, if you operate a more modern company that utilizes platforms like the Groupon Coupons page for Experiencias Xcaret or you use a time-share program as part of your staff retention program, then it’s likely that you use a more tailored program. If this is the case, be sure that the person you are interviewing either knows how to use it and its features or can show the ability to learn a new program fast including intricacies like the ones mentioned above.
While it’s important that they can do the job it’s equally important that they can do it in the working environment of your office. If your office is quite social and the majority of people like to talk while they work, this is something which you should raise at an interview level to make sure this is a workplace a bookkeeper can thrive in.
Alternatively, ask each candidate what type of atmosphere they prefer to work in and how they feel they work the best.
Check Their References
Last, but almost certainly not least, is the tip to check their references. Employees with a negative history of employment will rely on the fact that most employers have started to forego the reference check, instead relying on the instincts. And while your instincts are important, you shouldn’t rely on them alone with interviewing a bookkeeper.
Bookkeeping is a powerful role in a business and one which works almost completely autonomously with very little oversight into their actions. For this reason, it’s important that you take your time when finding the right bookkeeper and don’t hire somebody who you don’t feel comfortable giving them full financial access.