Managers' interpersonal skills more important than experience

Working well with others is top factor when hiring
||Last Updated: 04/09/2003

When asked to rank the most important quality in management-level candidates, CFOs listed interpersonal skills ahead of experience and knowledge.

RHI Management Resources, a consulting firm providing accounting and finance professionals on a project basis, wanted to know what executives looked for when hiring senior-level employees. An independent research firm polled 270 CFOs from a random sample of companies with 20 or more employees.

The survey participants responded as follows when asked what single factor weighed most heavily in their decision to hire a management-level job candidate: