How to Hire a Staff Accountant

Does your growing business need a staff accountant? A staff accountant helps to manage accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll staff.

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

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $22.07 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $11.00$48.00 hourly
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*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Staff Accountant?

Hiring an Staff Accountant can greatly benefit your accounting team and the financial well being of your enterprise. A highly qualified Staff Accountant can help your business:

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

Skills to look for in a great Staff Accountant

A great Staff 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
• May require CPA certification
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Superb customer service skills

Writing a Staff Accountant job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Staff Accountant candidates. A Staff Accountant job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

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

• Staff Accountant
• Accountant
• Accounting Staff

Interviewing Staff Accountant candidates

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

• Specific accounting software experience
• Intermediate to advanced Excel functions for accounting and finance
•The accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll cycle

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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