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Improving Accounting Recruitment: Khyati Sundaram

Uncovering the flaws in accounting recruitment and best practice to help accountancy firms bring in the right talent through better hiring processes.

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Episode 12. In today’s interview, “Improving Accounting Recruitment: Khyati Sundaram”

Khyati Sundaram is the CEO of Applied: a behavioural science-backed tool for fair and de-biased hiring. Applied helps companies remove bias from hiring processes by removing gendered words from job adverts, anonymising applications, holding structured interviews and hiring based on skills (rather than proxies on CVs).

In this episode, we answer the following questions:

  1. What is the best way of measuring accounting talent?
  2. Do traditional hiring processes in accounting do a good job of hiring?
  3. What kinds of candidates might accounting firms overlook as a result of a poor hiring process?
  4. What wider issues might poor hiring and recruitment contribute to in accounting?
  5. What changes can accountancy firms make to redress these issues and hire better quality candidates?
  6. How do skills tests work for accounting roles?
  7. How do candidates in the accounting talent pool feel about this approach?
  8. What difference does a skills based approach in accounting make to successful hires on the job?
  9. What does talent look like in the new world of work in accountancy firms?

You can also watch the youtube video of this interview here:

In her former life, Khyati’s pursuits range from co-founding and leading an AI company looking at sustainable supply chains, to investment banking with JP Morgan and RBS. She has a breadth of experience in data science, product development, and fundraising. She also holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the London School of Business / Wharton School.

In her spare time, Khyati likes playing badminton and is an avid weightlifter.

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