April 2, 2017

Why the Job of an Auditor is a Difficult One?

Auditors work in a very, very difficult job.

If they are tough on the organization and "go by the letter" of the standard or model they are auditing against, no organization would ever get certified.

So they "go by the spirit" of the standard or model they are auditing against, and every organization that applies for it gets certified!

That's a very difficult task to perform.

An auditor has to be both tough and flexible at the same time.

Very hard to do in a normal situation, for anyone.

The other aspect to consider is that the organization applying for the certification is supposed to pay for the expense involved.

The expenses incurred in the certification process forms the revenue for the auditing organization and which organization in its right mind will even think of cutting the revenue stream?

So the auditing organizations usually have an unwritten rule for their auditors - act smart!

And the auditors indeed do so.

Auditors are trained to come across as hard-nosed and raise hell while they are auditing an organization but write a soft report at the end of it.

Things cannot be any other way.

Auditors need to make their intellectual presence felt while doing audits and most of them, invariably, are highly intelligent and smart individuals and can easily do so.

However, auditors are bound by business logic too.

They have to look other way while writing the formal audit report and most of them, invariably, are highly intelligent and smart individuals and can easily do that as well.

But one thing is sure. Auditors are smart folks.

Whatever they may do, they very well understand what's really going on in the organization they audit.

They may choose not to say certain things but that is not because they are incompetent but they choose not to say that.

Also, they may choose not to write certain things but that doesn't mean they can't.

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