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dealing with ex auditors

I have a question - how do you deal with auditees (especially those who have prior audit experience and therefore think that they know everything) who question your audit methods? I could explain my audit methods, but I don't see why I should, and it seems like the client is just being difficult for no reason (or to stall for time). 

To be honest,  back when I was a staff associate, I liked it when clients challenged my audit methods - this made me understand why I'm doing what I'm doing so I could create an effective argument for it. Clients are inherently difficult just because they don't like doing additional work if it doesn't add value for them - unfortunately nature of the beast, and this is a majority of clients. Best way to overcome this is to explain why your methodology is necessary. Sometimes, if you don't agree with the methodology or think the requests are excessive, sympathize with your clients but explain to them that it's just the rules we have to follow. Some will get it, some won't. 

Clients who were previously auditors are an interesting lot - the worst of them being ones who spent less than 4 years in the audit practice, and now think they know everything there is to know about auditing. You'll see this everywhere - you'll win some over, and butt heads frequently with others. Unfortunately there is no magic answer. Adapt and achieve.


Anonymous said…
And then you have PWC, which just announced it's buying Booz Consulting.

Anonymous said…
Whoops...wrong blog post. Sorry about that.
Anonymous said…
I have been in the audit of a Europe-based FPI for 5 years now and was just offered a position in their Internal Audit Department. I am interested in reporting, however, and I am worried that accepting this offer will put me in a radically different career path. Please share your view.
Anonymous said…
Guess (and hope) you are not updating your blog as you are in the hectic and feared "busy season
Wish you survive it once again safe and even stronger so you can write new posts soon, I really like how you share your Big4 experiences here.
Regards from Spain
notfordisplay said…
Thank you for your comments, sorry for the delay, hate booting up my computer after coming back from work.
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