Numerous employers looking to make various hires rely on our expertise as finance recruitment professionals. When it comes to finding the right candidates, here’s a list of the main qualities and skills that are considered to be a must have by employers.
You must have the necessary credentials, as determined by the industry in which the employer serves and their business structure; every position, from the director of finance to financial accountant, comes with its own unique set of requirements. However, current knowledge is one of the most highly sought-after things by most organisations.
Ability to Work with Others and a Positive Attitude
The ability of candidates to work with others is one of the most frequent questions we get from organisations seeking new people for their finance department. The finance role was perceived negatively at a certain point in time. Reluctance to spend money, saying no, and shooting down new ideas, was seen as what finance professionals liked the most. The finance department has to work against this view, even though it was never entirely correct to begin with. When it comes to driving the growth of the organisation from within, the finance function now has to appear as a positive force. It has to take a keen interest in individual projects initiated by the business creative.
Skills relating to a better appreciation of the goals of others, individuals or teams, in the organisation, interpersonal and soft skills are a must have. Maintaining an open approach, especially when it comes to the contribution of others in strategy execution, is very important.
The sharing of information and interaction with individuals not part of the finance function as part of business partnering requires soft skills. For finance professionals, the ability to explain finance in simple non-financial terms is at the core of this; and a must have in today’s world. The ability to demonstrate leadership and keep team members motivated is essential, especially due to the fact that finance professionals mostly work without supervision on projects with tight delivery dates, such as monthly or annual reporting, or Intelligent Billing.
Communication skills were found to be very important according to our State of Skills research.
Explaining financial information in simple and practical terms is essential when it comes to appealing to those in the finance team as well as those who are outside. As a finance professional, you have to breathe life into the numbers in addition to ensuring that they add up. Even when others cannot, your expertise helps you see the tale that the numbers tell. It is up to you to tell this story clearly after you find it.
Our clients have a practical view of career development and recruitment in addition to having a very sharp appreciation of what their organisations require from finance professionals.
Employees will not be with the organisation forever; this they know. However, employers expect candidates to be able to dedicate themselves to their part in moving the business forward. Furthermore, they expect candidates to use their chance to achieve personal growth, develop and learn.
Eagerness to Grow, Learn and Adapt
People who are willing to add to their current skills are usually what employers want. As that person develops and makes their way up the finance department, the organisation also benefits. Technical requirements and business partnering skills, which help shed light on finance, aren’t appreciated as much as before.