How to Hire an Accounting Clerk

Does your growing business need an accounting clerk? An accounting clerk creates, maintains and monitors accounting records for your business.

Here are some tips to help you find great accounting clerk candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $16.09 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$33.65 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire an accounting clerk?

Hiring an accounting clerk can be vital for the growth of your business. Having the right person can help you maintain accurate accounting records for your clients, vendors and customers. Generating revenue, streamlined operations and good internal business operations are few of the benefits which can accrue if you have an expert managing your records.

Contributions of a great accounting clerk:

• Record and maintain daily status of accounts receivable and payable
• Reconcile bank statements with the general ledger
• Provide assistance with all accounting projects in the business

Skills to look for in a great accounting clerk

Accounting clerks handle the most sensitive internal information of your business. To find an accounting clerk you depend upon – and who will be a strong asset to your team – check out what qualifications and work experience are to be considered.

Accounting Clerk qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (Associate degree may be considered with experience)
• Data entry and word processing skills
• Good knowledge of MS Office and Accounting Software (Preferably Quickbooks)
• Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
• Ability to meet agreed deadlines
• Experience with bank reconciliation and tracking transactions

Writing an accounting clerk job description

A good description is important to finding excellent accounting clerk candidates. An accounting clerk job description should include a clear summary of the role, a detailed list of job duties with responsibilities, and the desired skills for the position.

Keywords to include in your accounting clerk job description:

• Accounting
• Accounts payable
• Reconciliation

Interviewing accounting clerk candidates

Make the right accounting clerk hiring decision by vetting candidates thoroughly and asking focussed interview questions which are designed to showcase their knowledge, skills, and relevant personality traits.

Topics for accounting clerk interview questions:

• Accounting platforms and software
• Maintaining accuracy in accounting records
• How they’ve excelled at maintaining and exceeding business efficiency

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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