Recruitment of an Accountant

How we recruited an Accountant for a specialist drilling company

Our client

Our client is a specialist water well drilling company. Their customers range from major mining companies to small environmental organisations.

  • Location - Perth, WA
  • Industry - water drilling
  • Size - 30 employees

They were seeking an experienced Accountant for a standalone role, to help manage their growing workload.

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

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.

Accounting - Drilling

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.


  • MYOB - AR/AP - general ledger operations - reconciliations - fixed assets
  • Payroll - 50 staff - month end process - prepare financial reports
  • South of Fremantle - commence ASAP

The role

We are looking for an Accountant to assist the General Manager and Administration Accounts team that has seen a huge growth in the business and need some assistance to get the workload into order.

The duties for this position will include:

  • Processing weekly payroll and monthly super payments for 40 staff
  • AP and AR, general ledger operations, reconciliations and MYOB cashbook maintenance 
  • Supporting the General Manager with end-of-month processes
  • Utilising financial data to prepare financial reports 
  • Assisting with the preparation of budgets and forecasts 
  • Assisting with preparation and lodgement of BAS and payroll tax returns
  • Maintaining the fixed asset registers 
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required

About you

This is a standalone role with broad responsibilities. It would suit an experienced Accountant or Financial Controller who has a sound understanding of financial management, budgeting, forecasting, cash flow, reporting and HR.

The successful candidate will need:

  • Previous payroll experience - ideally MYOB Premier 19
  • CA/CPA qualification - or be working towards it
  • Mining, engineering or construction experience
  • Experience working with a ERP system
  • Intermediate computer skills - MYOB, Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook 
  • Excellent communication skills

About the client

Our client is a well-respected drilling company, with contracts all over Australia. Their promise is to provide efficient and professional services for all drilling and sampling requirements across Australia. 

They pride themselves on being an ISO-accredited company, with an approachable management team and a dynamic workforce. They are seeking an experienced Accountant to take care of financial management in their Perth branch.

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




Skill test




CA / CPA qualification


Payroll for 40 staff - MYOB desirable

Mining / engineering / construction

ERP system

AP and AR

General ledger operations


MYOB cashbook maintenance

Financial report preparation

BAS returns

Preparing and lodging payroll tax return


Microsoft Office - advanced

Discrepancy investigation

Meet statutory and internal deadlines

Accurate data entry; attention to detail

Can apply technical equipment in the production process

Verify LinkedIn vs CV

Accept expected salary ($75k)

Previous warning of termination?

Will you pass a drug test?


Dominance - 60%

Influence - 55%

Steadiness - 27%

Compliance - 51%

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 - Accountant

This role requires an individual who is able to conduct their work in an efficient manner, focusing on the practical side of the role and approaching problems in a professional and objective manner.

This is a role that requires the type of individual who prefers time to
prepare and think before acting; weighing up the pros and cons before making any final decisions. Specifically requiring a thoughtful and steady type, who plans before speaking or doing.


This role requires someone who is a team player who is able to work well in a group-oriented situation. They should have the interest of the team at heart rather than their own personal gratification and should be happy to be a member of the team rather than leading it.

In some circumstances such individuals are likely to specialise in the particular discipline and if they lead the team it would be because of their specialist skills rather than their preferred status. Generally, this role requires a person who is content to work in a supportive capacity where the procedures are established and need to be adhered to.

The role is fairly structured and the person needs to be comfortable following a procedure rigorously and needs to be fussy about detail and getting the job done completely. This is the type of role where there is likely to be little or no change and the person needs to be disposed to working in a stable environment with little need to adapt and the routine of doing the same job over a period of time.

Perseverance and loyalty to both the organisation and work colleagues are important qualities that the person should bring to the role.

This role requires a person with an eye for detail and comfortable with the more repetitive aspects of the role; someone who possesses a considerable measure of patience and is able to concentrate on repetitive work for extended periods of time.

Individuals who suit this role are likely to be more motivated by the stability of their position and the relative regularity of routine, rather than by the promise of advancement within an organization. There will be however, circumstances where a more dynamic style will be required, and in order to achieve the best result, the individual should be capable of rising to such occasional challenges.


Shortlisted candidates

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C

Behavioural adaptation by candidates to match the job profile:

Candidate A

Candidate B

Candidate C


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.

Applications received


Interviewed by 11 Recruitment




Interviewed by client





"Ashleigh was fantastic and kept us in the loop during the whole process, provided detailed information about the candidates and keep searching until we were totally satisfied with the individual we finally employed.

A very pleasant experience for us as business owners and a great company to deal with."

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