When hiring finance talent today, for me the most important criteria is finding people who are going to be collaborative, embrace change, and be passionate about our company and our products. While having accounting and analytical skills is important, I care more about finding the right personal qualities. You can teach people new skills.
In particular, I look at a person’s career path for examples of how they approach and deal with change. Do they have a variety of career experiences, either across different companies or within the same organization? I want to know about times they’ve driven significant change.
Through these efforts—whether showing the value of change or encouraging diverse experiences—we are building a finance team that is versatile and adaptable to change, and that is going to help us be better partners to the business.