With Giles Pearson

Episode 130 of The Unique CPA features Giles Pearson, the co-founder and CEO of Accountests, who talks to Randy about his background in public accounting and how his 18 years as a partner at a large firm. This inspired him to create Accountests to help firms make more informed hiring decisions. He discusses the various technical skills and personality tests Accountests offers and how they can help firms hire the right candidates faster, improve onboarding, and reduce costly turnover. Giles also talks about how the tests benefit candidates by identifying strengths and areas for growth. This insightful conversation provides practical advice on leveraging data and science to hire better and help accounting professionals reach their full potential.

Important Links

Tri-Merit’s special discount on Accountests.com

Giles Pearson on LinkedIn

About the Guest

Giles Pearson is the co-founder and CEO of Accountests. After 18 years as a private business partner at PwC, he was frustrated with the lack of certainty when hiring accountants. He was faced with such questions as, does a potential recruit actually possess the necessary technical accounting skills to perform their role? Too many times when working with clients, he saw the costly, time consuming and confidence-eroding impact of that gap between anticipated and actual ability of the accountants and bookkeepers employed. Through Accountests, Giles has developed a set of tests to verify technical accounting skill levels for a variety of different roles. Accountests would appear to be the only global provider of aptitude tests made by accounting experts, for accountants. 

A New Zealand native, Giles serves as a volunteer chairperson for the Hawke’s Bay Community Foundation, and he coordinates the Hawke’s Bay Wilding Pine Volunteer Group.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA


Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.