One of the most important things a small business owner can do is hire a good bookkeeper. Good bookkeepers go quickly and unfortunately there are many not so good bookkeepers out looking for jobs. For most, it is hard to differentiate a good and not so good bookkeeper until it is too late and your books are a mess. We hire great bookkeepers for companies. Here is our process for that work:
1. The following information is gathered from the owner:
a. What is expected from a bookkeeper.
b. Who the bookkeeper will be reporting to and working around during the day.
c. The level of expertise needed.
d. Hours a week – to verify that the workload is adequate or not, for the number of hours.
e. Personalities of owners and co-workers (they don’t know we do this – but it is EXTREMELY important)
2. We place an ad.
3. The resumes are sifted through based on the criteria needed.
4. Final candidates are narrowed down to about 10 based on a 5-10 minute telephone interview.
5. A bookkeeping/personality test is emailed to the applicant and asked to be return within 48 hours.
6. The completed tests are sorted through to see if we have a good skills and personality match.
7. 2 -3 final candidates are sent to the owner to interview. All candidates would be a good fit, it is a matter of finding out if the candidate and owner feel comfortable around one another.
Hiring the right bookkeeper is instrumental to your business. We have many years of experience hiring bookkeepers for clients and have found that the above steps work best. It can be very expensive to correct problems caused by bookkeepers that don’t know what they are doing. Hiring the right person to begin with will cost you less money in the long run.