Recruiting People with Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills in Accounting and Auditing Firms

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Recruiting People with Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills in Accounting and Auditing Firms
Piotr Czernik, Student (University), United Kingdom

In 2009, the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) predicted a 63% increase in demand for qualified accountants. American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) also forecasts a strong demand for accounting graduates.
In my view, organisations need individuals who understand financial models and who can undertake risk assessments based on the set of specific skills which are on a great demand for future competitive advantage. Accounting standards have become more complex, there is a growing number of government regulations, and there is a strong need for business advice during economic downturns.
As a result, accountants and auditors must have skills such as critical thinking and problem solving and be able to deal with change and risk, learn from experience and think and act in a critical stance.
I am investigating to what extent accounting and audit companies recognise the value individual competencies such as critical thinking and problem solving can bring to their own and client's organisations and what processes are used to capture those skills during the recruitment process. I would like to interview HR managers from accounting and audit companies.

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David Wilson, Manager, Canada
Hi Piotr: have you contacted any of the national HR associations or networks in the UK? You should also contact the different professional accounting association or societies. I suspect you will find that the HR groups and the accounting societies will be able to provide you with the appropriate contacts. I also suspect you find that these organizations have already developed the "competencies" and "skills" required by accountants for today and the future. Good luck on your research. National accounting firms or major businesses may also be able to assist, but getting their support may be more difficult. Regards, David.



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