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4 Of The Most Important Personality Traits to Look for When Hiring Accountants


While many skills and professional qualifications are necessary to become an accountant, there are some key personality traits that you should look. Personality traits are important because they indicate how one will actually perform or behave once in the role. You’re looking for employees who will contribute to the growth and success of your department and be happy in that role. And you want them to stay! This match of attitude and behavior to the actual needs of the accountant role also contributes to reducing turnover.

  1. Industriousness - Self-management, keeps up with pace of work, constantly improving, deadline and objective driven, perseverance, and doesn’t settle for “good enough”.
  2. Orderliness - Detailed, goal and priority oriented, thorough and accurate, a planner, organized, cost conscious, adheres to policies.
  3. Intellectual Disposition - Creates innovative and unconventional approaches and ideas to solve difficult problems, gathers and analyzes data and information to improving performance.
  4. Problem Solving - Understands complex ideas, learns quickly from experience, develops plans, and overcomes obstacles by reasoning

High Orderliness: Individuals high in Orderliness prefer activities that require skills at organization, they like to have a plan, and have high attention to detail. They tend to develop specific goals and prioritize their efforts. Because accountants have to prepare, examine, analyze and maintain records to assess their accuracy and generate reports on this information, those high in Orderliness can make for better accountants. Another Important aspect of people that score high in this trait is they tend to adhere to rules and policies. This trait aligns perfectly because there are so many accounting rules to follow.

High Industriousness: Workers that are high in Industriousness maintain high standards of work and are willing to put forth effort to attain excellence. Successful accountants have to establish long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them. The job requires establishing and achieving personally challenging goals and doing what it takes to master those tasks. People high in Industriousness are deadline and objective driven which is ideal when accountants have multiple projects they have to work on.

High Intellectual Disposition and Problem Solving: People high in Intellectual Disposition and Problem Solving enjoy analyzing complex problems and formulating solutions. They also excel at generating new ways to solve problems and how information gets used. Those high in Intellectual Disposition and Problem Solving tend to  do well at accounting jobs.

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