If your resume and cover letter are pristine and your interview skills are sharp, but you just aren’t landing the job you really want, it’s possible that you might need to work on your soft skills. Accountants are counted on for their technical and professional skills as much as any other candidates, but the success of an interview can often come down to your ability to show the quality of your soft skills, or character traits. Keep in mind, companies don’t hire resumes, they hire people. Here are a few character traits you should focus on marketing to really grab the attention of your interviewer.
In an interview and in daily work life, it is very important to present yourself in a professional manner as an accountant. Professional skills include having a strong knowledge base of critical accounting skills, computer skills, an understanding of spreadsheet applications, organizational skills, communication skills, and the ability to multitask. Your professionalism is likely one of your highest selling points as an accountant. Employers want to hire someone who will best be able to represent the company in a smart and professional manner, so be sure you’re professional skills are on display throughout the application process.
Employers want to hire people who will be able to work effectively with their team. People skills and communication are two important elements of this character trait. To market your teamwork abilities to an employer, share examples of how you worked successfully on past projects collectively. Maybe you have taught your colleagues something valuable, or did something special to bring out the best in a variety of skill sets. The important thing to remember is to show not tell in an interview.
Persistence, responsibility, and honesty are important character traits for a successful accountant. Accountants carry a lot of responsibility as part of their professionalism. They are charged with overseeing and managing financial records, have access to corporate financial information, petty cash, investments, and bank accounts. As such, professional integrity is a very sought-after character trait. Share your understanding of what makes an accountant responsible on the job and show your honesty with an open and upfront communication style to market your integrity to an employer.
Attention to Detail
When you are constantly working with numbers and formulas, even the smallest error can have catastrophic repercussions. Accountants must be detail oriented, attentive, and have a keen eye for discrepancies. The ability to identify and solve problems early on in the process will help make the inevitable error easier to fix in the long run. Market your eye for detail by sharing real-world examples of how your attention to detail has helped your employers in the past.
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