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Progress Software CFO Offers Hiring Strategies

Progress Software CFO offers hiring strategies

Charles F. Wagner, executive vice president and CFO of Bedford, Massachusetts-based Progress Software, recently told PCWorld that one of the main things he looks for in potential candidates for his company is

Charles F. Wagner, executive vice president and CFO of Bedford, Massachusetts-based Progress Software, recently told PCWorld that one of the main things he looks for in potential candidates for his company is "learning agility," rather than simple pure intelligence.

According to Wagner, while raw intelligence is certainly a necessary quality, the constantly changing business world necessitates that employees are able to adapt to the specific market conditions and apply their knowledge to various situations.

One such situation that is constantly shifting is the stability of foreign markets, as currencies and government policies can have a direct impact on one's business in that country.

When conducting an interview for finance positions, Wagner explains that he likes to simulate the operations of the company by having a panel ask him a number of questions in a row. To Wagner, this helps demonstrate whether or not the candidate can think on his or her feet in a relatively pressure-filled situation, which is common in the financial world.

Ensuring that the right candidates are hired for financial jobs is beginning to fall more on the CFO, as Google CFO Patrick Pichette recently told CNN Money that he has taken on more human resources responsibilities since the company reshuffled its operations a few months ago.