Recruitment of an Accounts Officer

How we recruited an Accounts Officer for a civil earth-moving company

Our client

Our client has over 30 years experience in the civil earth-moving industry. They are committed to providing value-added earth-moving services by creating successful partnerships with their customers throughout the entire construction process.

  • Location - Perth, WA
  • Industry - construction / earth-moving
  • Size - 30 employees

We applied our three-phase service delivery model for this recruitment drive.

Accounts Officer - our client

Video job advertisement

Social media algorithms favour videos over still content, so we create video advertisements for all vacancies to help source our candidates.

We take full advantage of this unique and highly effective form of candidate sourcing in order to reach the right candidate at the right time. 

We post our videos on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. They are posted on these platforms 10-20 times, based on relevance. Our videos typically receive over 1,000 views within the first 24 hours.

Job advertisement

We constantly refresh, rewrite and reformat our job advertisements to optimise the quality of applications received. Our approach is aggressive - we post around 20 advertisements for every permanent job. Advertisements are posted on:

  • Job boards - Seek, Adzuna, Glassdoor, Indeed and Jora
  • Social media - LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter
  • 11 Recruitment's website

On average, our advertisements receive over 100 applications and perform well above the market benchmark for Seek, shown in this graph.

Accounts Officer - job advertisement header

Accounts Officer

  • Well-established and reputable company located north of the river
  • Permanent, full-time position with an immediate start

The role

Payroll duties for this role will include:

  • Timesheet calculation
  • Processing weekly payroll for 30 staff
  • Processing payroll deductions, payments and GL reconciliations
  • Preparing files for new employees
  • Reporting to the CFO

Accounts duties for this role will include: 

  • AP and AR - processing invoices, weekly payments and statement reconciliations 
  • Bank and weekly sales reconciliations 
  • Creating purchase orders 
  • Entering creditor/debtor data and allocating to GL accounts 
  • Completing end-of-month reporting
  • Updating KPI information
  • Managing petty cash 

Administration duties for this role will include:

  • Answering calls and greeting visitors 
  • Managing incoming and outgoing mail 
  • Liaising with contractors and suppliers to place new job order 
  • Booking accommodation 
  • Filing and archiving documents and records
  • Data entry 
  • Monitoring and maintaining stationary and office equipment 
  • Purchasing PPE and first aid 
  • Ensuring the office is clean and amenities are stocked

About you

The successful candidate will need:

  • Experience in a similar role 
  • The unrestricted right to work in Australia 
  • MYOB proficiency
  • Experience in payroll
  • Microsoft Excel proficiency
  • Excellent verbal and written communication 
  • Accurate data entry and attention to detail  

About our client

Our client is a privately owned company in the civil construction industry. They aim to provide the best products and services possible.

Their warehouse - which includes an attached office - based in the Northern suburbs.

Accounts Officer - job advertisement footer

Assessment Matrix design

Our in-house designed, custom made software generates an Assessment Matrix, which is our blueprint for the recruitment process. Our process consists of screening, interviews, document verification, skills testing, personality profiling and reference checks.

Ticks indicate the point at which each criteria is addressed. More importance criteria are checked multiple times throughout the recruitment process.

Selection criteria







Bachelor's degree - advantage


High-volume accounts

Payroll for 30 employees

Induction file preparation

End-to-end AP / AR

Sales reconciliations

PO creation

Month-end reporting

Petty cash

High-volume admin

Arranging travel and accommodation


Microsoft Office - advanced

Adobe software - intermediate

Spelling and grammar - excellent

Verify LinkedIn vs CV

Accept expected salary ($75k)

Previous warning of termination?

Will you pass a drug test?


Dominance - 35%

Influence - 32%

Steadiness - 59%

Compliance - 69%

Forms signed

Health / police check

Signed document - tell the truth

Docs verified

Driver’s licence

Citizen AU / NZ or PR

DISC profiling

Similar to people, jobs have their own behavioural profile that is based on duties, environment and communication. We create a profile for every job vacancy, enabling us to match an applicant's behaviour against that of a specific role.

We use DISC, which examines the following attributes:

  • Dominance - accomplishing results, the bottom line, confidence
  • Influence - persuading others, openness, dependability
  • Steadiness - cooperation, sincerity, dependability
  • Compliance - quality, accuracy, expertise

DISC profile - Accounts Officer

The behavioural style of the person suited to this role will be one which is concerned with the facts. It is unlikely that they will be the outgoing and communicative type of person and more likely will be reserved.

Their power to persuade will be based on the presentation of facts which are unlikely to be embellished and require an individual who is able to impartially concentrate on details whilst focusing on the practical side of the job.

The ideal person will have a rational approach to facts and be able to assess them objectively. Ideally the person needs to prefer an environment where the work is predictable and without any sudden changes.


It is well suited to a person who is stable, steady and genuinely friendly towards others and concerned about their welfare. The role calls for an individual who is happy to be a member of the team, and if they assume a leadership role it would be because of their technical expertise rather than an innate drive to rise to the top.

Such individuals are likely to use tact in negotiations and would be diplomatic and sensitive to the feelings of the individuals they are dealing with. They would be cautious not to dominate over others whilst asserting the facts and ensuring the process is followed vigorously.

In addition to having a high boredom threshold, the individual will have an ‘eye for detail’, and be fastidious about ensuring accuracy across all aspects of the work. Such a person will take time to consider a problem carefully and thoroughly before making a decision and will be disinclined to rush their work, preferring instead to take time to ensure all aspects have been covered thoroughly.

The person would need to be able to concentrate for extended periods of time and be content to continue to carry out repetitious work over an extended period of time.

The role calls for an individual who would be comfortable working in the background in a supportive role rather than be in the limelight and receiving the credit for the work done.

The need for precision and accuracy is paramount and the individual should be satisfied to concentrate on repetitious work over an extended period of time. They should prefer an environment where the work is predictable and there are unlikely to be any sudden dynamic changes.

Accounts Officer

Accounts Officer - DISC job profile

Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Accounts Officer - DISC candidate profile

Candidate B

Accounts Officer - DISC candidate profile

Candidate C

Accounts Officer - DISC candidate profile

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Accounts Officer - DISC candidate adaptation

Candidate B

Accounts Officer - DISC candidate adaptation

Candidate C

Accounts Officer - DISC candidate adaptation


Our aim is to produce a strong shortlist by sourcing widely. We measure every stage in our recruitment process to ensure we meet this key objective.

Our service comes with an extended 18-month replacement guarantee. This guarantee means our interests are mutually aligned - to recruit high achievers who will excel and stay.

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"Christian is an extremely professional, supportive and driven leader with a keen understanding for recruiting and client relations.

His work ethic, communication, and consistency are key facets in the excellent results found at 11 Recruitment.

His guidance and supervision are apparent when seeing the desire to constantly improve and provide positive experiences across the entirety of the team."

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