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December 02, 2013

How to Hire the Right Consultant

Posted 3 years 356 days ago by Nicole Kyner

 

The right consultant will solve a problem and propel your business forward. But just like full-time employees, individual consultants will work best in different settings and on different projects.

So we’ve pulled together some tips to help you make the best choice for your business:

Identify the problem that needs to be solved If you can’t articulate the issue, you can’t evaluate whether a consultant’s skills and experience will work for you. The first step for the hiring manager is to understand specifically what needs to be accomplished. Scrupulous consultants will decline work that is outside of their skillset, but you need to define the scope of the project first.

Know what you value Consultants come with all sorts of backgrounds and you want to hire someone who understands your objectives and your market and who can share and appreciate your organization’s culture and values. Advice that would be stellar for a major financial institution might not be quite so effective for a retail operation, experience working with high class law firms might not translate to business strategy for a nonprofit. It’s not that consultants can’t be flexible, in fact that is a major strength of top consultants, but some will have experience that more naturally fits with your organization than others.

Pick someone you want to work with Don’t overlook interpersonal skills. Consultants will often need to persuade and influence the people in your organization. If you’re dealing with a particularly knotty issue, there are going to be questions and there will be all of the usual project hiccups. The last thing you need is a high-handed “expert” in those situations.

Know when one consultant may not be enough Sometimes the work you need to have completed is broad in nature. The natural instinct is to solve by hiring one person but sometimes the combination of the specific skills you are seeking cannot easily be found in one person. Consider “project share” just as you might consider job sharing by your full-time employees. It’s a simple solution that may solve your needs far better, and faster, than one talented consultant who may have to stretch to address all of the various aspects of your project. While simple by design, the execution of a team of consultants isn’t easy but we’re happy to say that at Ashton212 it’s what we do every day for our clients.

Hiring the right consultants shouldn’t be complex but it’s important to take the time to clearly understand that the road to success starts with finding the right resource to help you.  At Ashton212, we love the challenge of finding opportunities for our associates that directly match their skills and desires. Let us know who we can help you with.   

 

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    Hal Amens 3 years 339 days ago
    Nicely done! I particularly like the opening bit about you need to understand what the objective is.

    If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there.

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