Hiring profile for:

Staff
Accountant

HighMatch’s team of workplace psychologists break down the critical qualities, skills and knowledge staff accountants need to be successful.

by the numbers

800K+
staff accountants currently employed in the us

$54K+
average salary for staff accountants in the us

96%+
in 2021, women in this role earned 96% of men

Role Snapshot

Highly trained and accredited, staff accountants take on strategic projects and budget planning, and are often first in line when a management position opens up.

Given these hires have the potential for outsized impact both as individual contributors and as future managers, it’s critical for hiring managers to understand what a successful candidate looks like beyond their resume.

common work activities:

  • Examine financial records
  • Advise others on financial matters
  • Prepare financial documents, reports, or budgets
  • Advise others on business or operational matters
  • Report information to managers or other personnel

Common Challenges

equality

Women make up 58% of Staff Accountants yet earn only 96% of their male counterparts

Diversity

The vast majority of Staff Accountants are older (avg. age: 43) and White (65%)

retention

The average turnover at large CPA firms was 17%, with one in six reporting 20%+

Staff Accountant Job Profile

HighMatch’s workplace psychologists developed a job profile for Staff Accountants that outlines the measures that are most predictive in determining success.

In addition, they have defined a series of behavioral measures hiring managers should explore further during the interview process.

Personality Measures

There are several personality traits that often align with success in this role, however every role is unique.

Our workplace psychologists personalize the assessment to your role, adjusting the weighting and target ranges of each trait to align with your needs.

Priority measures:

  • Attention to Detail: being careful and thorough in completing tasks
  • Cooperation: displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude
  • Objectivity: tendency to prioritize facts and data over emotions
  • Reliability: tendency to be motivated to meet other’s expectations
  • Stress Tolerance: dealing calmly in high-stress situations 

These accounting Firms Trust HighMatch:


The HighMatch Accounting Assessment

HighMatch’s Accounting Assessment includes a highly configurable test that’s fast, intuitive and measures personality and aptitude right out of the box.

Best of all, it comes pre-populated with job profiles for the most popular roles. These profiles were built by our workplace psychologists and are validated for accuracy.

For larger organizations, HighMatch can build a personalized accounting assessment tailored to your role and culture.

Ready to take our Accounting Assessment for a spin?

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Cognitive Measures

Our workplace psychologists have identified several cognitive measures that help identify if a candidate has the ability to be successful in this role.

Our workplace psychologists personalize the assessment, adjusting the weighting and target ranges of each ability to align with your needs.

Priority measures:

  • Numerical Reasoning: measures numerical aptitude and the ability to interpret, analyze and draw conclusions from data
  • Logical Reasoning: ability to accurately analyze a situation, make any connections and use the information to solve a problem
  • Verbal: ability to listen and understand what people say and read an understand what is written

VIDEO TESTIMONIAL

Wayne Homes uses HighMatch to Identify Qualified Applicants

Hear from Michael Luckie-Ewing, former VP of People and Culture at Wayne Homes, a custom home builder serving 5 states for over 40 years.

Michael and his team used HighMatch to better filter applicants for the qualities and skills that contribute to success across every role in their organization.

Skill & Knowledge Measures

Our workplace psychologists have identified several cognitive measures that help identify if a candidate has the ability to be successful in this role.

Our workplace psychologists personalize the assessment, adjusting the weighting and target ranges of each ability to align with your needs.

Priority measures:

  • Microsoft Excel: a quick, mobile-friendly assessment designed to test a candidate’s knowledge of MS Excel
  • Computer Literacy: This fast, mobile-friendly test assesses candidate’s understanding of basic computer use
  • Advanced Math: This test assesses candidate’s understanding of advanced mathematical concepts
  • English Fluency: This fluency test assesses a candidate’s understanding of the English language

HighMatch can also quickly create short, personalized skills tests covering topics like Accounts Payable, Accounting Terminology or Bookkeeping, all powered by our modern, mobile-first assessment engine and tailored to your role and organization.

Situational Judgement Assessments

Staff Accountants can often find themselves in client-facing situations, whether its presenting findings to internal department heads or connecting directly with external clients.

A situational judgement assessment, which asks candidates to react to real-life client scenarios they are likely to encounter, can help hiring managers understand how they are likely to react to similar situations when on the job.

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Have Better Interviews

Interviews are an opportunity to take insights from the Candidate Report and dive deeper, ensuring alignment between the role, the individual and the organization.

This guide provides actionable tips on how to have more meaningful interviews, from asking relevant questions, making the interview conversational and avoiding conversation threads that can lead to unconscious bias.

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