Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Good And Effective QHSE Internal Auditor?

Posted: June 1, 2020 in 9001:2015, Auditor, Internal Auditing

As I run various courses to make staff competent internal auditors, I always refer them to the section in ISO 19011 that refers to the skills needed to make a success of it. So often I see delegates put forward with little thought for whether they have the relevant ‘soft’ skills.

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When you take on board the list below you can, like me, see that there are a wide range of sills required. I’ll leave to you to decide if you meet the criteria.

Auditors should possess the necessary qualities to enable them to act in accordance with the principles of auditing and should exhibit professional behaviour during the performance of audit activities, including being:

ethical (fair, truthful, sincere, honest, discreet)
open-minded (willing to consider alternative ideas or points of view)
diplomatic (tactful in dealing with people)
observant (actively observing physical surroundings and activities)
perceptive (aware of able to understand situations)
versatile (able to readily adapt to different situations)
tenacious (persistent and focused on achieving objectives)
decisive (able to reach timely conclusions based on logical reasoning and analysis)
self-reliant (able to act and function independently whilst interacting effectively with others)
responsible and ethical (even though these activities may not always be popular and may sometimes result in disagreement or confrontation)
open to improvement (willing to learn from situations and striving for better audit results)
culturally sensitive (observant and respectful off the culture of the auditee)
collaborative (effectively interacting with others, including audit team members and the auditee’s personnel)

Be interesting to see how you feel about these qualities and characteristics, but for now I’ll just leave it there for you to ponder.

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