Must-have Behavioral and core skills for auditors

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These skills should enable you build your credibility and demonstrate your expertise.

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As an auditor, you need these essential core skills to perform your duties. These skills should enable you build your credibility and demonstrate your expertise. They include:

  • Integrity.

  • Communication skills.

  • Problem identification and solving skills.

  • Knowledgeable in use of Accounting frameworks, tools and techniques.

  • Adaptable to industry, regulatory and standards changes.

  • Proficient use of IT/ICT frameworks, tools and techniques.

  • Organisational skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Proficient Report-writing skills.

  • Ability to promote the value of the Audit function in the organisation.

  • Conflict resolution / negotiation skills.

  • Cultural fluency and foreign language skills.

  • Agility and open minded.

  • Change management skills.

  • Organisational skills.

  • Total quality management.

  • Forensic skills.

  • Governance risk and compliance skills.

  • Identifying different types of controls.

  • Proficient use of IT and tech-based audit tools e.g Galvanize, iAuditor, TeamMate, IDEA etc.

  • Data collection and proficient use of analysis tools and techniques.

  • Analytical thinking skills i.e. pay utmost attention to details.

  • Knowledgeable on application of Auditing frameworks, tools and techniques.

  • Keeping up to date with industry and regulatory changes and professional standards.

  • Continuously learning through earn CPE's and CPDs.

Behavioral skills include:

  • Confidentiality.

  • Ability to work Independently and make decisions.

  • Objectivity.

  • Communication.

  • Judgement.

  • Work well with peers.

  • Team players.

  • Governance and ethics sensitivity.

  • Facilitator and motivator.

  • Influence.

  • Change catalyst.

  • Being a problem solver.

  • Being a natural leader.

  • Ability to perform under pressure.

  • Having a positive attitude.

  • Being loyalty.

In Conclusion...

To best fit in the role of internal / External Audit, you should master the above skills, understand and refer to professional standards and apply professional judgement when executing your duties. All these should be presented with confidence.


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 This article was originally published on here by Veronica Rose, a certified Information Systems Auditor and an Author.


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    ONDOMA | November 05, 2019 12:16

    nice and keen observation

    Enock | November 04, 2019 08:54

    Nice piece of advice. Keep it up.

    Ayesiga | November 03, 2019 06:40


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