How to Hire an Assistant Accountant

Does your growing accounting team need an Assistant Accountant? An Assistant Accountant helps to manage the accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll staff.

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

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $17.25 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.00$49.00 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire an Assistant Accountant?

Hiring an Assistant Accountant can greatly benefit your accounting team and the financial well being of your enterprise.

A highly qualified Assistant Accountant can help your business:

• Prepare and analyze periodic financial reports
• Perform accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll processing
• Assist the Accounting Manager, General Manager of Accounting or the CFO with financial statement or tax preparation

Skills to look for in a great Assistant Accountant

A great Assistant Accountant candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Bachelor’s Degree in accounting or finance
• Familiarity with commonly used accounting software such as Quickbooks
• Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Able to resolve client issues in terms of billing/invoicing

Writing an Assistant Accountant job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding highly qualified Assistant Accountant candidates. A thorough Assistant Accountant job description has a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred qualifications for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Assistant Accountant jobs, such as:

• Accounting
• Assistant Accountant
• Staff Accountant

Interviewing Assistant Accountant candidates

Strong candidates for Assistant Accountant positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Specific accounting software experience
• How to prepare periodic financial statements, e.g., balance sheets, income statement, cash flow statements, statements of shareholders’ equity

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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