Prepare with a pre-audit and look forward to a successful assessment
In pre-audit, best practice involves paying attention to a large number of areas including:
- The organizational structure of the department
- Reports – preparation, who sees them, their final destination
- The core processes such as planning, conducting audits, reporting and follow up
- Internal marketing
- Human resources processes
Areas are chosen based on the results of our preliminary survey and on the wishes of the internal auditors.
Experience has shown that the potential spectrum is very wide. The final selection depends to a large extent on whether we are dealing with an established internal audit department requiring modernization or a newly introduced operation where the approach to certain strategic issues (e.g. in-house internal auditing vs. external service providers, consulting, fraud etc.) may be need to be given particular attention.