Running small businesses for so many years, I have had the opportunity and pleasure of interviewing many bookkeeping personnel. Yes I made some bad hires in the early days. And yes I learnt many good lessons.
This led me to develop simple tests for all potential hires based on their résumé and supposed skills. Would you believe it… most failed my simple test.
And this was just to get past stage one and get an interview.
Lets face it, when you hire a bookkeeper, you expect them to start with the knowledge and skills for the software package you utilise. The last thing you want to be doing is teaching someone how to use a software package to do your books whilst paying them the bookkeeper rates. I certainly wasn’t expecting rocket science, but I was expecting knowledge of a package… especially when the advert said “experience essential”. If I had stated software training would be provided, that is fine but I would still test for basic computer skills. Many would fail that also.
In the end I managed to reduce my costs of wrong hire, rehire, rework and training using this simple test to get an understanding of the level of skills the potential employee brings with them.
If you’d like more information or a copy of the bookkeeping skill test that can be easily adjusted for different applications, send me a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a request and we can arrange a copy for you.
Your comments are welcome.