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What We Need From Controllers
What We Need From Controllers

By Giles Pearson on Jun 06, 2024

To successfully provide these services, firms may need to upskill their staff or hire industry-experienced professionals. Temporary secondments to client sites can also help staff gain valuable insights. For more information on transitioning to controllership services, the blog suggests contacting Deb Defer at Woodard.

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Ensuring Integrity in the Online Testing Environment with Proctoring
Ensuring Integrity in the Online Testing Environment with Proctoring

By Donna Roughan on May 02, 2024

The introduction of proctoring in our online tests marks a significant advancement in ensuring integrity and security. Utilizing AI technology, proctoring offers enhanced monitoring capabilities, extended testing durations, and comprehensive detection of cheating behaviors. By embracing this innovation, we reaffirm our commitment to providing trustworthy solutions and fostering transparency and trust in online assessments.

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The Resume Is Dead, Long Live Skills Testing
The Resume Is Dead, Long Live Skills Testing

By Giles Pearson on Jan 19, 2024

According to the survey, 52% of applicants say they exaggerate responsibilities and 45% make up details like the number of direct reports - stuff you can't easily double check.

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Conducting Interviews for Accountants and Bookkeepers
Conducting Interviews for Accountants and Bookkeepers

By Giles Pearson on Aug 09, 2023

Conducting effective interviews for accountants and bookkeepers is crucial, and following a structured format with competency-based questioning, thorough note-taking, and panel reviews can ensure an efficient and fair hiring process

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Top Tips for Hiring Raw Talent In Accounting Firms
Top Tips for Hiring Raw Talent In Accounting Firms

By Giles Pearson on Aug 06, 2023

When you’ve advertised a role for a lower level position a few times, and no one of any interest has applied, you get the message that the talent pool is dry. Hiring raw talent is hard. Training them once you’ve hired them is harder still, and much costlier. Making sure you start with the right people will mean it’s more likely this investment pays dividends for your firm. Know your candidates

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Where is the Data to Sell Advisory Services to Your Clients
Where is the Data to Sell Advisory Services to Your Clients

By Giles Pearson on Jul 06, 2023

Want to see if Accountests will work for your firm? Click on the button for a FREE trial test - use it on a candidate or get one of your staff to g...

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4 Days With 3000 Accountants!
4 Days With 3000 Accountants!

By Giles Pearson on Jun 15, 2023

As an exhibitor at AICPA Engage, we gained valuable insights into the accounting industry's current challenges and trends. Networking with professionals and showcasing our solutions allowed us to contribute to addressing the most pressing problems for accountants right now. The experience emphasized the importance of collaboration and innovation for the profession's future success and sustainability.

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CPA Firms Background Screening: Mitigating Risk and Ensuring Trust
CPA Firms Background Screening: Mitigating Risk and Ensuring Trust

By Giles Pearson on May 30, 2023

Explore the importance of background screening for CPA firms in this insightful article by Chris Cooley from MyHRScreens. Learn how thorough checks can mitigate risks, verify credentials, maintain trust and credibility, create a safe working environment, and prevent corporate fraud, ultimately securing a firm's reputation and client trust.

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How Do We Educate Accountants Tomorrow?
How Do We Educate Accountants Tomorrow?

By Giles Pearson on May 24, 2023

Discover how AI is set to impact the education of accountants in this thought-provoking blog. With questions raised about the role of technical knowledge and communication skills, the author proposes changes to the educational system to adapt to the rise of AI and suggests that those who embrace these changes will be in high demand

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Easy Ways To Avoid A Bad Hire In Public Accounting
Easy Ways To Avoid A Bad Hire In Public Accounting

By Giles Pearson on May 16, 2023

This informative blog provides a practical model for demonstrating the cost of a bad hire in public accounting and offers tips to avoid making one. Drawing on 25 years of experience, the author emphasizes the importance of hiring with a purpose, mastering the art of interviewing, verifying beyond the resume, emphasizing team compatibility, and swift decision-making.

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Giles As Cloud Accounting Podcast Guest
Giles As Cloud Accounting Podcast Guest

By Giles Pearson on May 15, 2023

Unlike other ‘fads’ such as crypto and blockchain, where adoption is slow and patchy, AI is moving fast, of immediate real benefit to public accounting firms, and has possibilities well beyond writing and interpreting emails. Giles discusses where AI is going in accounting on the world's most popular accounting podcast – the Cloud Accounting Podcast

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CPAs vs ChatGPT vs Jasper.ai
CPAs vs ChatGPT vs Jasper.ai

By Giles Pearson on May 10, 2023

Who’s better – ChatGPT or Jasper? And would they pass a CPA level exam? We thought we’d get Chat GPT and Jasper.ai to take our CPA level Public Accounting Test. This test is used by employers to assess candidates for roles where a CPA licence is usually required. We analysed the questions into categories to try and see where each AI performed. This is not a scientific analysis but here is what we found...

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