Careers with EVK
Examining a career as an Auditor
If you are interested in dissecting the inner workings of almost any aspect of a firm, a career as an auditor may be for you. From poring over financial statements and expense reports to ensuring compliance with government regulations, auditing offers a wide variety of potential career opportunities.
What are auditor's responsibilities?
Auditing is a complex career, involving many different job responsibilities: Auditing involves the review, analysis and evaluation of processes, products, services, systems, organizations and employees.
Auditors assess the accuracy, validity, reliability, verifiability and timeliness of organizational information, as well as the sources and processes by which that information is produced. This is an important role, because management and external parties thereby obtain an accurate assessment of the organization under their stewardship.
Auditors also inspect an organization's internal controls and the extent to which these controls manage an organization's risk exposures. Internal controls help prevent the misappropriation of a entity's assets and, if properly designed and executed, prevent data manipulation by employees.
Auditors ensure that checks are in place to help with the effectiveness of financial and operational reporting. They also make review and test to confirm whether controls are in place to protect an organization's assets
Do you want to join our team?
As a graduate, preferably from a business school, you can join our team if you have the following useful personality characteristics.
Auditors should possess a strong ethical framework and report on issues (or anticipated issues) as they come across them. There is a temptation to "let things go" as further investigation may require more work or reveal embarrassing processes, performance and/or fraud.
Good communication skills allow auditors to have a rapport with a variety of employees, managers, directors and external parties. As auditors establish good rapport with a variety of individuals, however, they should keep in mind the objectives of the audit (for instance, the reliability, verifiability, accuracy and timeliness of information), as they can often be tempted to not report on issues discovered.
Strong interpersonal skills are important, due to the variety of informational requests -
Strong and/or ambitious types may attempt to dissuade auditors from revealing embarrassing findings.
Auditors need to be team players. As the scope of the audit can be fairly large, it is beneficial to help in other areas of an audit when resource constraints warrant it.
Finally, "professional skepticism" is an important trait to have, especially when reviewing a entity's internal controls. One needs to assess how perpetrators of fraud can beat a entity’s controls, and auditors need to design and implement a system that can effectively protect the organization's assets.