9 Auditor Traits (ISO 19011:2018)

9 Auditor Traits (ISO 19011:2018)

There are 6 guiding principles for audit in accordance with ISO 19011:2018. In order to act according to these principles, auditors should exercise/exhibit professionalism in their conduct during audit performances at all given times.  Other personal behaviors include;

  1. Ethical – Being in accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct or practice, especially the standards of an audit: exercising fairness, being truthful, sincere, and honest when it comes to reporting audit findings and conclusions.
  2. Open-minded – Being receptive to alternative ideas or opinions raised during the audit. Different points of view should be considered as an audit is also a learning curve. Auditees are more likely to trust you if you are accommodating their points of view. 
  3. Diplomatic- Auditors should practice the art of dealing with people in a sensitive and tactful way. Evaluate a situation before speaking or acting.  Ensuring to take the best course of action without being overly brash or bold. Interpreting matters a little subtlety, and knowing how and what to say.
  4. Perceptive– The way in which audit findings are regarded, understood, or interpreted during audits. Auditors should be insightful, intelligent, and able to see what others cannot. 
  5. Observant- You can tell a lot during audits by observing the surrounding, activities and the auditee’s body language i.e. you can tell when someone is not being sincere which might lead you as an auditor to probe further by asking for more objective evidence. 
  6. Versatile- This is defined as the ability to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities during an audit. Embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills and turning with ease from one audit activity to another.
  7. Tenacious – Tending to keep a firm hold on achieving audit objectives. Being persistent and focused in any given situation during an audit. Not easily dispelled.
  8. Decisive- Being able to reach timely conclusions based on logical reasoning and analysis. Having the ability to make quick and effective decisions. Settling issues arising during an audit and producing definite results.
  9. Self-reliant- As an auditor, you need to audit and make decisions by yourself, whilst interacting effectively with the other team members.  The results of the audit need to be reliable, robust, and beneficial to the organization.

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