Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Shortcuts for Evaluating a QuickBooks Candidate

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Shortcuts for Evaluating a QuickBooks Candidate

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Q When hiring a new QuickBooks bookkeeper, what's a good way to evaluate a candidate's proficiency with QuickBooks?

A It is easy to evaluate the knowledge of a QuickBooks consultant, because Intuit makes his or her history of certifications public. You can access this information from the QuickBooks Help menu by selecting Find a Local QuickBooks Expert, the results of which are pictured below.

However, when it comes to evaluating the skills of a QuickBooks bookkeeper, there are typically no such credentials, because nonconsultants rarely invest the time or money to earn these certifications. But in my opinion, there is an easy test you can use. To evaluate a candidate's knowledge of QuickBooks, I simply ask him or her to launch the check-writing, invoice, and checkbook register screens, and then watch to see how fast he or she navigates QuickBooks. If a candidate uses the graphical or dropdown menus, he or she is most likely a novice user. However, if he or she uses the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+W, Ctrl+I, or Ctrl+R to access these screens, then in all likelihood, he or she has driven QuickBooks around the block a few times. This is because seasoned QuickBooks bookkeepers know that the quickest way to navigate the product is by using shortcuts. (A list of 73 QuickBooks shortcuts, some of which are shown below, is available at carltoncollins.com/ qbshortcuts.html.)

Of course, you should also ask the candidate to complete a few common QuickBooks tasks, such as editing a template, filtering a report, memorizing a transaction, adding an account, finding a check written to a specific vendor, and assessing a finance charge. But don't stop there. In addition to ascertaining the candidate's QuickBooks knowledge, you should also determine his or her knowledge of accounting. I frequently do this by asking a few basic accounting questions, such as the following:

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