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Event Questions
(Event Questions at Proformative)
  "Do you think the finance outsourcing trend has contributed to finance not being an attractive career for new talent?" This question was asked at a recent webinar, now available on-demand: "The Management Accounting & Finance Talent Crisis: How to...
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Sandra Habiger
(Accounting Manager at Alliance Enterprises, Inc)
Today is my first day as an Accounting Manager. I will be managing a small group of 2. It is also my first time being in a manager role. If you are or ever were in a leadership role, what is it that you wish you knew sooner? What tips do you have for me?
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Baiju J Nair
(Student at ICMA)
Should I go for CFA immediately after CMA i mean after clearing the exam and without the post experience of 2 years or should I go for CFA after post experience
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M. Feldman
(Controller at Private)
With the recent passing of business tycoons Kirk Kerkorian (MGM, Chrysler, Las Vegas) and Ralph J. Roberts (Comcast), was wondering what you see as the difference or similarities in the factors required of founders from their heyday to today. Has what it takes to be a...
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Anders Liu-Lindberg
(Regional Finance Business Partner at Maersk Line Northern Europe)
Earlier this week I published a blog (http://www.proformative.com/blogs/anders-liu-lindberg/2015/06/13/why-accountants-are-threatened-species#comment-26333) about how I saw a trend of accountants soon being out of a job. However, the discussion brought many more nuances to...
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Susan Scott
(HR Manager at Private)
Since this is not a job interview, although this question does get asked in interviews, please try to answer without regard to how it may reflect upon you. I know, that is not easy! I'll start things off. On the most basic level, I enjoy talking with people. My job...
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Anonymous
(Accounting Professional)
I've been at my current company for just over 4 weeks and am actively looking for something new.  I left my last position for greener pastures (more responsibility, more money, shorter commute).  Without going into details, everyone (including my previous...
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Anonymous
(CFO)
I've been asked this question a few times at interviews.  I know that a good answer depends on the job but I was curious what others might say.  Assume position is a VP/CFO position at a small/medium size private company.
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Matt Treat
(Sr. Accounting Manager at Private)
If anyone has a good example or sample accounting career objectives,  that would be much appreciated. I'm also interested in any strategy involved. For instance, do I adjust it for every job I apply to? In what ways can this part of the resume help or hurt my...
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Chris Shumate
(Corporate Accountant at Empire Corporation of Tennessee, Inc.)
There are several corporate finance job titles. Among them are CFO, Treasurer, VP of Finance, Director of Finance, Director of Accounting, Director of Financial Reporting, Corporate Controller, Controller, Divisional Controller, and this doesn’t even include their...
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Anonymous
(Sr. Accounting Manager)
I know some are going to say "you have to answer honestly." I understand that point of view. It sounds like a great answer if it's not your problem. What if the honest answer to  "have you ever been fired or asked to resign" virtually guarantees...
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Yoke Chen Fong (Jaane)
(Marketing Student Assistant (Part-time) at California State University East Bay)
Hello. I am currently study MBA in Finance in California. And I am one of the member of UK ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountant). I am thinking should I go for CMA or CPA? Because ACCA transcript does not show any Units, so this is the headache part. Anyone...
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Anonymous
(Director of Finance)
Recently, I have been seeing more of the CGMA as a professional designation. I wanted input from those who in the US as to their thoughts/feelings regarding this designation. I know it is co-sponsored by AICPA. I want to know how well regarded it is and how much weight is...
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Anonymous
(Controller)
I'm currently an Outsourced Controller for 2 small companies. I want to get into doing Consulting CFO work for small-to-medium sized privately held companies. In a nutshell, I want to get out of being a guy that's in the office 4-5 days a week for 2 companies, and...
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Derrick Turnbow
(Financial Advisor at AXA Advisors)
Hi my name is Derrick Turnbow. I'm currently a financial advisor but would like to work in a different area of finance. I'm going to receive BS in Accounting in March 2016 and I'm deciding on whether to pursue getting an MBA or CPA immediately following...
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Anonymous
(Senior Manager - Strategic Analysis)
For the second time now, in the past 6 months, a company has offered me a different role than I was brought to interview for. Is this a fairly common thing? In both cases, they have either planned or began executing some restructuring to create the position. I don't...
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Ahmed Elhawary
(Controlling and Accounting Manager at Hoffman LA Roche)
Hi, I am Controlling and Accounting Manager. But I left my current role 3 months ago. I am now looking for another job and my target job is Finance Manager. Could you please advice which certification is most relevant to my target job as a Finance Manager. CMA , CPA or...
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M. Feldman
(Controller at Private)
I have an opportunity to partner with a very capable person I've known for a long time. Upon further contemplation I have to admit that I haven't really given the notion fair consideration, but merely reacted with INR. That is Initial Negative Reaction, based mostly...
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Kim Amisi
(Planned Maintenance Assistant at Mine Maintenance Services)
Am currently studying ACCA because i have always wanted to be an accountant, but with the current situation in my country am stuck in engineering. That was the only good paying job i found that could help me to continue my studies, now i can't find any work elsewhere...