Work experience still beats out people skills when it comes to getting hired, according to a survey of chief financial officers.

Among 1,400 chief financial officers surveyed, 41 percent said that if two candidates interviewing for an accounting or finance position had similar skills, industry experience is the factor most likely to tip the scales in an applicant's favor, according to a survey by Robert Half International Inc. Thirty-three percent said that candidates with software and technology expertise have an advantage; 15 percent cited certification or an advanced degree; 7 percent said multilingual skills; 3 percent cited international experience; and only 1 percent said that personality or people skills would win out.

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