Forget the Surveys. These Are the Skills I Look for When I Hire Audit or Risk Practitioners
I was recently contacted by a professional organization that wanted to share the results of its survey of audit and risk executives. The survey focused on the skills they rated highest when they assessed potential new hires. The top two were technical skills and an understanding of the business.
Those are NOT at the top of my list! My list starts with these:
- Active listening skills.
- An open and flexible mind.
- A desire to work with the customer to improve the business.
- The ability to think strategically.
- Verbal communication skills, including the abilities to explain and to persuade.
- Courage: the ability to stand up and deliver bad news.
Technical skills and business understanding can be acquired, and even writing skills can be handled. But native intelligence, a desire to learn, and the imagination to come up with a business-practical way to improve the business are tough to teach.
Do you agree? Do you consciously assess these qualities in candidates, or do you hire based on a resume that shows certifications and such?
Posted on Sep 27, 2011 by Norman Marks
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