Accountancy and Communication
Essential to a successful career in accountancy, strong communication and interpersonal skills in this sector is all about passing on complex messages as professionally and jargon-free as possible to others who may not be as conversant in financial matters, so there’s no surprise that many employers in this sector look for candidates with “strong verbal and written communication skills.”
But the term “communication and interpersonal skills” by itself is a very broad term. What exactly does it comprise of and how can you prove your skills to interviewers and recruiters?
Communication and interpersonal skills is more of a combination of skills rather than just one, and graduate employers tend to stress different aspects of this broad term. For instance, PwC emphasis relationship-building and looks out for an ability to network with colleagues, clients, and others. KPMG, on the other hand, prefers candidates that are able to get their point across to clients and colleagues both purposefully and clearly.
Developing your skills
Many graduate employees and employers alike have stressed the importance of communication skills, and not without reason – it’s almost impossible to get through a work day without writing an email, report, or just communicating with someone. Writing and networking does not play a big part in earning a degree in accountancy, but it does in a career in accountancy, so make the effort to either join in more social and writing activities.
Communication and interpersonal skills are some of the most vital things prospective employers keep an eye out for. Recruiters and interviewers thoroughly look through your resume and cover letter, ensuring both are written well and concisely, so make sure they have been proofread.
During the interview itself, keep your thoughts as articulated as possible and communicate them clearly, efficiently and specifically to the interviewers during the recruitment process as possible. Listen carefully to the questions asked and, if needed, take the time to ponder your answer before giving it. This is where your skills in face to face communication will be evaluated, so give honest answers, keep from rambling and ask questions of your own about the company or the position you’re looking at.
Prove to the interviewers that you know what accountancy is about, that you what it takes to pursue a career in accountancy. While interviewers will not be expecting you to have in-depth knowledge, showing your understanding will impress them.