How to Find the Right Hire for Your Financial Department

There’s little room for error when it comes to finances, which is why it’s critical to get the right hire the first time – hiring someone who isn’t up to the challenge will cost you far more than you realize.

While it’s common to focus on the experiences listed on their resume and their education background, there are soft skills that you need to be on the lookout for in order to find the best possible candidate. Below are 4 things to be on the lookout for in your next candidate.

  1. The ability to communicate with a broad range of
    people

    Much in the way that you would expect a writer
    to be able to communicate with a broad audience, you’ll want your financial
    advisor to be able to do the same. Whether it’s managers, coworkers or clients,
    financial information must be presented in a way that everyone will understand what
    they need to know in order to properly move forward.
  2. Technically adept
    While they may not need the skills of a
    programmer, it’s important that people holding financial positions are able to
    adapt quickly to new technologies. The financial side of the tech industry is always
    moving quickly with new tools, so they’ll need to be able to keep up as much as
    possible in order to do their job well.
  3. Problem-solving through different perspectives
    Any financial candidate should be able to view issues
    from a multitude of approaches to find the best solution. While there may be
    some tried and true methods of approach to some situations, it’s important that
    your financial department is able to stay on their toes and not rule out unconventional
    approaches immediately – you may be surprised at the results.
  4. Self-motivation for independent work with the flexibility to work well with others
    If you’re looking for your financial candidate
    to be a leader in the department, you’ll need someone who is able to switch
    modes well in order to both guide the team and hunker down for their solitary
    work when necessary. Finance jobs require a lot of focus and discipline to
    avoid crucial mistakes.

If you’re in search of a financial candidate, or if you are a financial candidate in search of a new position, feel free to contact us at RJ Byrd! With over 20 years of experience bringing together great talent and great companies across the greater Dallas area, you can count on us to work hard for you and find the right fit.

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