4 Questions To Ask Interviewing For Accounts Payable Positions
Hiring for the accounts payable department isn’t as easy as it sounds. With so many people attempting to make technical changes, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out who knows the field. Sure, some places prefer to hire and train because it benefits them to teach someone “their way.”
However, if you are a company looking to hire someone with experience, you need to know how to figure out how experienced they are. Clearly, doing background checks, potentially credit checks and calling references is a great start. Look, background checks and credit checks are essential in determining if this is the person you want working on your finances. Calling references, as mundane and predictable as it may seem, is smart business as well. Sure, most references are told prior by the job candidate to say nice things. However, the candidate will surely, in such cases, find out you called. The accounts payable game is a great business. It shows you care. It shows you are looking and pay attention to detail. It also shows you are professional.
Once you have moved past all of that, it will be down to the interview. Whether that is accomplished initially over the phone or in person, you need to have some right questions to ask.
Here are a few questions that can help you find the right accounts payable employee.
Can you walk us through how you see the accounts payable process? Start from the beginning and go to the end.
This is one of the most important questions you will ask. This gives you insight into the job candidate’s perception of the job’s details and workflow. This will give you an indication as to how easily this person will fit into your system. It also opens up the dialogue between yourself and the job candidate. Starting with this question means learning a lot about the candidate and fast.
What is a non-PO invoice? What is interest on capital?
I mean, you shouldn’t have to ask, but you need to. Don’t assume the core knowledge pool is covered. Find questions, such as the ones written above, which pertain directly to the field. It never hurts. You might end up sadly surprised.
What experience do you have in the accounts payable field? How long have they performed the job? This is essential information.
Describe your prior job’s weekly work details.
Just as you asked about how they see the job’s role, you should find out how that job’s role has translated to them in the past. What were their and duties and responsibilities? Did they manage anyone? What software did they use?
Asking the right questions can sure make a huge difference when it comes to hiring.
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