How to Vet a Consultant for Your Next Project

reference checkFor many small businesses, there comes a time when the best way to find talent is to hire a consultant. But how do you know the person you hire is someone with the knowledge and expertise to help your business succeed? Here are five ways to vet a consultant before making a hiring decision.

Experience

Ask for the consultant’s credentials and find out how long they have been working in the field. Have they worked on similar projects? ┬áIf they have, it will be a smoother transition for everyone involved. Are they familiar with your business model? Hiring a consultant that understands the dynamics of your business is important.

Concrete Examples

When hiring a consultant, you want someone who will bring value by providing the expertise your business lacks internally. One way to ensure someone has a track record of success is by asking for examples of their projects or campaigns. Ask if they have case studies so you can see what they’ve accomplished for similar companies.

References

References are tricky because if someone is willing to provide client contact information, then chances are the feedback will be positive. That’s why it’s smart to speak with off-list references which are more likely to give both positive and negative feedback. Many businesses prefer blind reference checks or vet consultants through first-hand feedback from common connections.

Management Style

When hiring a consultant to work remotely, consider their preferred management and communication styles.

  • Do they need more management because they are working off-site or are they fine without it?
  • Will they need support and resources from onsite employees?
  • How often will you need to stay in touch?

Insightful Questions

To get useful answers during the vetting process, you need to ask the right questions. The answers to these questions will tell you a lot about a potential candidate:

  • Tell me about a project that didn’t work out?
  • What were some issues with other projects?
  • How can I help you make things run smoothly?

Vetting a consultant takes time but hiring the right person for a project the first time is well worth the effort. Zintro is a fast and affordable way to find a highly-qualified Consultant. Post your Project here.