How to be the world’s worst Accountant
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By Rebecca Langdon
There are many well educated and very effective Accountants, but here are my top ten traits and
characteristics of the worst Accountants.
1- Bad maths skills
This one may seem obvious and perhaps slightly amusing, but having good maths skills including
good arithmetic ability is really essential. As an Accountant you can’t always rely on a calculator.
2- No IT skills
In the digital age, abacuses are long gone, and modern day Accountants need to be up to date with
the latest accounting packages, and also Excel. It is also a good idea to have an intermediate
knowledge of other packages such as PowerPoint and Word.
3- Can’t work to deadlines
Accountancy is a profession where deadlines are of particular importance, whether it be month end
management accounts, of yearend financial accounts. Accountants who can’t manage their time and
meet deadlines are going to struggle.
4- Poor communicator
Poor communication is not a brilliant trait for any professional. For Accountants, it is essential to be
able to explain accounting concepts to non-accounting professionals in a way they will be able to
5- Bad people skills
Accountants in any organisation will need to liaise with the rest of the business, and in many cases
will work with all other functions.
6- Misrepresent qualifications
It is very poor to misrepresent qualifications in anyway. For example, claiming to be a CPA or ACCA,
but actually being part qualified.
7- Not up to date with regulations
Accounting regulations from a legal perspective change on a regular basis. This may govern for
example how a certain asset should be treated from a profit and loss perspective. Accountants need
to keep up to date with best practice and statutory regulations.
8- Poor attention to detail
Accountants very often are signing off on financials which will be submitted to the tax authorities. If
there are significant errors, this could result in an organisational fine.
9- Promotes tax evasion
This one does not need any explanation. It could result in an Accountant going to prison.
10- No formal qualifications
It is really important to be formally trained. There are a number of options out there such as ACCA,
CMA, or the CPA qualifications.
For more information on any of these courses, please click here.