How to Identify the Hardest Working Accountants


A Clarity Labs blog.

Whether it’s a mantra repeated by our parents, or a lesson drilled into us through our education, we believe that hard work does indeed pay off.

Recent data from our initial Clarity Labs research found that finance leaders believe the same thing and want to add the hardest working accountants to their team.

When it comes to the interview process, there are two key indicators that show whether or not a candidate is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.


Hard working accountants are ones who demonstrate resilience in the face of failure. Ask your candidates to explain a time when they failed in the workplace and how they addressed it. Look for indications of ownership of the problem and a solutions-focused mentality. Ensure that the candidate is able to clearly articulate how they picked themselves up, dusted themselves off and persevered in the face of adversity. The hardest working accountants are ones, who in spite of pitfalls, still go on to score a win.

Project Completion

Great accountants can clearly articulate their role in facilitating the successful completion of a project. While you want someone who speaks highly of their team, a person who can explain how he or she individually delivered on expectations is someone you want in your organization. Ideally, your candidate will show drive and desire to succeed, coupled with awareness that positive business partnerships need to be built and maintained.

The hardest working accountants demonstrate grit and resilience in the face of adversity. They own their mistakes and can articulate how they rose above their own failures to deliver success for their organization. They work long hours without complaint to finish a project and are solutions-focused. At the end of the day their motivation to excel makes the company better.