Think you found your perfect consultant match? Here’s 4 Q’s to ask before defining the relationship.
When it comes to hiring a consultant, there is a lot at stake. Not only are you investing in the cost of their services, but what they tell you, and the insight they provides can dictate the future of your business as well. It only makes sense that before you commit you have a strong grasp on the services they can offer you and are able to verify they are going to be the right fit for the job. Ask these questions to help you out along the way:
Before you commit to a consultant, it is important to get an idea of their track record, and their degree of experience and expertise within the field. Typically, consultants specialize in a certain area, and this allows them to hone in on a niche and gain actionable experience in that area to apply to future clients. Ask for evidence of this experience and a solid track record of success before committing you and your company to the consultant’s work.
Don’t avoid talking about money! A good consultant will not hesitate to give you a cost breakdown. When they do this with confidence, it is a good indicator that they have experience in the field, as they know what they are worth, and they don’t have a problem asking for it. As a client, it is your responsibility to ask questions about the specifics of the cost breakdown or payment structure, find the evidence that supports the consultants’ claimed worth, and then get everything in writing before agreeing to pay.
Traditionally, consultants will have a structure for their business methodology for each client, and they will carry this out consistently in each job they take on. For example, it might involve some initial on-boarding questions and observations, followed by drafting a recommendation plan, before delving into a recommended plan of execution. Asking the consultant about how they do this, how collaborative and interactive they are, and what a client can expect a day-to-day process to look like is a key step in making sure the two parties will meld together. This lays the foundation for being able to work cohesively in the same environment for extended periods of time.
It may sound obvious, but you want to know that the consultant is going to have time for you and be able to meet your needs, not to mention that they are going to be able to do a quality job. A consultant who struggles to fit in a time to meet with you or seems to have an overloaded schedule, while in demand, may be too pushed for time to give you and your company the prioritization you deserve.
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