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Bob Stenz
Title: Controller
Company: Silicon Valley start-up
(Controller at Silicon Valley start-up) Excel and data management (including working with large volumes of data and databases) skills are often assumed upon finance and accounting professionals. However, some positions are better served by those who are exceptionally strong in this area. How does a hiring manager assess...
Christopher DeVine
Title: Controller
Company: Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisor..
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(Controller at Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisor..) Anyone have any thoughts on this new FP&A analyst certification?  I'm a little confused to the intent as IMA offers the CMA which tests Financial Planning along with other management accounting skills.  Thoughts?
Bob Stenz
Title: Controller
Company: Silicon Valley start-up
(Controller at Silicon Valley start-up) Excel and data management (including working with large volumes of data and databases) skills are often assumed upon finance and accounting professionals. However, some positions are better served by those who are exceptionally strong in this area. How does a hiring manager...
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Carrie Scott
Title: VP Finance
Company: Private
(VP Finance at Private)
Peter Schwoerer
Title: Regional Software Technical Sales || Pr..
Company: Peter Schwoerer Consulting LLC
(Regional Software Technical Sales || Pr.. at Peter Schwoerer Consulting LLC) The main solution is a SaaS based solution that ideally the company wants to sell a minimum one year deal, but would accept a month to month if needed to close a deal and as they grow. A maximum deal would be three years in length. So based on that background what are your thoughts on a...
Susan Scott
Title: HR Manager
Company: Private
(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 provides me an...
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(Manager) Can someone please share  the main components of a solid CFO Job Description, plus optional extras that are sometimes included? Also, are there free resources with examples of CFO job decsription by industry?
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Frank Armenio
Title: Senior Consultant
Company: Accounting Management Solutions, Inc.
(Senior Consultant at Accounting Management Solutions, Inc.) There have been recent discussions about the CPA certification and its relevance to the hiring process.  Many of the discussions involved the debate on whether a CMA vs Certified Public Accountant and not having a CPA should be a must have for finance professionals such as CFO's...
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(Manager) I’m in HR at a medium-sized company and am tasked with conducting an initial phone screen of applicants, in this case for the position of BI Analyst. What would be some good business intel questions to ask? Since it’s not my area, I would like some idea of about what better...
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Asmaa Awad
Title: enternal auditer
Company: Jordan
(enternal auditer at Jordan) What are some good interview questions to ask when interviewing candidates for an accounting controller position? And what answers do you look for?
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(N/A) I currently live in the northwest and my wife and I are being flown down to Texas for what I believe to be the final round for a Controller position. I also believe I am the only candidate that has survived to this point. When speaking to the Human Resources person in the very first...
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(CFO) What are some of the best questions to ask when you are interviewing potential accountants? Thanks!
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(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 that I won...
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(VP Finance) Hoping all senior finance execs can chime in with opinions on this one... I head finance and so am privy to all salary data within the company.  Recently, I requested a personal salary increase and one of the data points I used to support my request was salaries of others in the...
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I have my thoughts on this but was curious what the group thought was better training to be CFO and/or controller? MBA or CPA or CMA or what? I recognize they are two different positions requiring different skills so opinions on which is better for both would be great. I am having a...
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(Controller) Many articles advise against accepting a job counter offer from the current employer, as your current boss may no longer trust your loyalty or may not present you with future advancement opportunities. I am somehow not fully convinced yet. Do you guys have any thoughts...
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Josie Co
Title: Controller
Company: DataStax
(Controller at DataStax) Someone came to ask me and I thought I raise it out here.  This is HR related.Is it legal for a prospective employer to request for a copy of the W-2 from a candidate that the employer is about to make an offer?  The prospective employer already verified employment with...
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(Accounting Manager) Hi, I'm in the cross roads of my career and have about 10 years of experience. I have worked in public accounting, I've been an Accounting Manager, FP&A Manager and financial reporting. All jobs have been for multi billion dollar companies and/or divisions of multi billion...
Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
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(Regional Finance Business Partner at Maersk Line Northern Europe) I recently made a minor change in my LinkedIn profile and have increased my appearance in search results by 46%. The change I made was simply adding the phrase "value adding" to my profile headline. Which other keywords do you consider must haves in your profile? Obviously there...
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(Assistant Controller) I have no public accounting experience & I’ve been working in one particular segment for the past 17 years. I’m little over 40. The recruiters insist I will get better offers for Controller positions if I get my CPA. I have no public accounting experience & I’ve...
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(Financial Reporting Analyst) I am new to this forum and am not sure if its right to ask this question here. I am a Commerce Graduate and awaiting results for CMA Part 2 test in December. I have close to 5 years experience in Operations Finance. What type of opportunities are available for a CMA and should I study...
Anders Liu-Lindberg
Title: Regional Finance Business Partner
Company: Maersk Line Northern Europe
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(Regional Finance Business Partner at Maersk Line Northern Europe) For people who spend too much time on LinkedIn like myself it's always interesting to see who visit's your profile however a significant part of the visitors choose to be anonymous. Why is that and who are they?
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(N/A) I am helping out a colleague who is trying to fill an opening in his company. It is a retailer doing over 25M. The current person that is leaving holds the title of Finance Director. Previously the position was CFO but it was felt that the company really wasn’t large enough to have...
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Michael Jameson
Title: VP Finance
Company: Undisclosed
(VP Finance at Undisclosed) I have recently had two opportunities come my way and, frankly, I'm a bit stuck. One is a CFO role at a software company (~25 people, in revenue and growing, looks interesting) and the other is a COO position at a tech hardware company (~80 people, nearly breakeven, also looks...
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(Director of Operations) Hello everyone, I just recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Business Economics and Sociology with a GPA greater than 3.5. I am currently trying to find a career in investment banking and was wondering if I could get some (or any) advice if it...
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(Contract Accountant) 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 supervisor) have...
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Matt Treat
Title: Sr. Accounting Manager
Company: Private
(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 application? When...
Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
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(Accounting Manager at Dominion Development Group, LLC) Have you taken any part of the CPA exam? How hard did you find the exams to be? How many times did you have to retake it? I had just graduated from college with an undergrad in Accounting. I decided against finishing school to get the 150 hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in Tennessee...
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(CEO/CFO) I was contacted by a company called Execreps, which is essentially a talent agency for corporate execs. To wit, if you are a CFO and want to get on to corporate boards, they will help you find those positions, get the inside track through their connections/reach, and then they take a %....
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(Assistant Controller) Hey all, I'm a CPA, former auditor, now working in the private sector as a Controller.  How important is it for me to keep my CPA status as "active"?  I've been "inactive" now for about two years, but part of me would like to maintain that active...
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Eva Zar
Title: Non
Company: Non
(Non at Non) I will get my MBA in December and I want to apply for CPA certificate , I am very confused whether CMA vs CPA is better. I don't have any public accounting experience. and I am very worried about finding a job. can someone please help me choose one? also I am currently in Iowa but I...
Andrea Bornschlegel
Title: Fractional CFO/Controller
Company: Financial Consultant
(Fractional CFO/Controller at Financial Consultant) Two-part question/discussion about being a CFO/Controller without a CPA, primarily from the small/private company perspective:   1)  Besides bulletins from/consultations with your external accountants (and Proformative discussion boards), any other key resources/tips for...
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Mohammed Ali
Title: Financial Analyst
Company: ABC
(Financial Analyst at ABC) Hey, guys I just finished my MBA-Finance degree and I've been working for one month as a Financial Analyst. I don't have work experience and I'm aiming to be the next CFO at my company. what are the top certifications to be at the top of my career. Someone told me about the...
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Klien Keen
Title: Financial Controller
Company: ,
(Financial Controller at ,) I am looking to hire a Financial Modeler for modeling projects. Other than the usual HR type of behavioral questions, what technical questions can I ask to differentiate the better modelers from the crowd? An example I can think of is "In what circumstance is Vlookup preferred over a...
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(Financial Planning Manager) I have worked for a world giant very well known company for 8 years. Promoted twice and received several awards and recognitions within this 8 years time frame. 5 months ago I have quit my job to look for other opportunities outside the organization. I just wanted to have a couple of...
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(Audit Associate) Hi, I'm an auditor at a big 4 firm and was wondering how easy it is to make the transition from auditing into an FP&A type role with some experience? Basically, I am afraid that going from audit => Sr accountant, which a lot of people do, will pigeon-hole me just into...
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(Manager) I got a lot out of this article https://www.proformative.com/articles/what-not-say-job-interview, but was wondering what the community believed to be the case more specifically re: a CFO job search.I got a lot out of this article <a href="https://www.proformative.com/articles/what...
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(Board of Directors, Audit Committee Chai..) What key things should a CFO be measured on?  I used to think company performance plus qualitative progress on the key initiatives they own.  BUT what happens if you are working very hard and achieving results and driving initiatives forward and the company is not performing...
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Steve Harris
Title: President
Company: The People Advantage
(President at The People Advantage) Does anyone have a recommendation for a program (or other methods for that matter) for training an experienced business professional who is moving into a controller role as their first finance position? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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(Controller) I am working on a performance appraisal for the AR clerk and I have to come up with goals for her position. She is in her late 50's and has little to no ambition to improve her position. She is responsible for our invoicing, which is very complex and requires a lot of TLC. She does a...
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sammy Motanya
Title: Finance
Company: New Boogaloo Limited
(Finance at New Boogaloo Limited)
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(Manager) It seems that no matter how hard I work, and how much I try to contribute as a team player my boss never recognizes my efforts. He often credits others for my work, and is very “defensive” of what he views as “his turf” to learn more about what he does. How do I...
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(Analytics Specialist - CDO) I currently hold a BS in Accounting and Finance (Dual Program) and I’m considering taking a few more accounting courses in order to meet the 150 hour CPA exam sitting requirement. However, I have no work experience as an accountant. Instead, my work experience consists of almost...