Interview to Hire the Best Candidates

Date: Wednesday, December 09, 2020
Time: 03:00 PM ET / 02:00 PM CT / 01:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM PT [Prevailing Time]
Presenter(s): Guy Gage, III LPC and Rita A. Keller
Objective: In this 60 minute MAPCast on how to interview to hire the best candidates, participants will learn:

• The three common mistakes that interviewers make;
• Questioning techniques that uncover what you want to know; and
• Examples of situations that demonstrate interview proficiency.
Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources
Program Level: Basic
CPE Credit: 1 Credit Hour
Delivery Method: Group Internet-based

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
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Course Description
Those managing accounting firms and responsible for human resources rely heavily on interviews to ensure that we hire the best candidates. Yet how many times have our efforts fallen short? Did we ask the right questions? Did they tell us the truth? Or is hiring just a roll of the dice and hope? It is even more difficult today because so much of the hiring process isn’t conducted in-person. Many of the in-person signals and cues are no longer available over a video conference. Add to that the fact that the profession is in transition as a result of technology, client expectations and the need to include and diversify staff across gender and ethnicity. Perhaps better interviewing will make the big difference to hire more successfully.

Rita Keller and Guy Gage have over 50 years of interviewing experience and have learned some valuable lessons—often the hard way. Through a give-and-take conversation, we would like to give you the best lessons learned that will improve your interviewing skills so you can find the best candidates for your firm.

Presenter Bio(s)
Guy Gage III, LPC, is the owner of PartnersCoach®, a coaching and consulting firm equipping managers and partners of public accounting firms to lead change initiatives and improve employee engagement in their firms. Holding a license in counseling (LPC), he uses his experience in human behavior to coach firm leaders to break through resistance and create motivational environments. Guy consulted with and coached CPA professionals for over 25 years in the U.S. and Europe, guiding them to increase their effectiveness and career fulfillment. He continues to write a weekly blog for professionals and contributes articles and presentations on high performance and leadership.

Rita Keller is an award-winning and respected voice to CPA firm management. She is a management consultant, speaker, and author and has over 30 years’ experience in CPA firm management. Keller’s clients are local and regional firms across the country. She also works with the AICPA and various state societies to help practitioners enhance their management and leadership skills. As a facilitator and speaker, Rita has been featured at almost every major CPA management conference. As an author, her articles appear in numerous CPA profession publications. Keller has been repeatedly named to Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. Her award-winning daily blog is devoted to CPA firm management and widely read by those working in public accounting.

$25.00 for CPAFMA Members / $40.00 for Non-Members / Free for PAFMs

Delivery System

  • All programs are delivered using the Zoom platform.
  • Confirmations will include log-in instructions.
  • Participants are able to participate using any device with an Internet connect (if the device does not have speakers, the participant can also dial-in) or they can participate with audio only by dialing in.
  • All registrants will receive a link to the MAPCast’s recording by email within 48 business hours of event’s conclusion.
  • There will be assistance available to help with technical and connectivity issues up to 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.


All registration is done on-line with the names and email addresses of each individual guest. Log-in details will be emailed to all registrants approximately 1-2 days prior to each session.

Refund Policy

CPAFMA will not issue refunds for MAPCasts. If a registrant is unable to participate in the MAPCast and sends written notice to 48 hours prior to the session, a credit will be provided for a future MAPCast. Alert the CPAFMA staff member monitoring the MAPCast if technical difficulties are encountered and technical support will be provided to eliminate problems with future MAPCasts.

Additional Information

Live participation is required for CPE credit and polling questions must be answered to show active participation. All registrants will receive an email following the session with links to the slides and/or handouts, and a link to the MAPCast recording (unless otherwise stated). If you are unable to participate in the live session, you can still watch the recorded session, but you will not be eligible for CPE credits.

For more information regarding CPAFMA MAPCasts or administrative policies such as complaint and refund, contact the CPAFMA Headquarters at 937-222-0030, or