5 Things to Look for in an External HR Consultant

Engaging an external human resources consultant provides tremendous benefits that just cannot occur with hiring and internal employee but it can be a tricky task to get right. Because no national accreditation systems are in place for HR consultants, how do you decide who to hire? It is vital to the effective functioning of your business that you choose a skilled professional with the expertise necessary to fulfil your business’ needs. So basically what THEY do best is what you need to do to find and engage THEM! Sound confusing?? Well this may help you.

So what are the most important things to look out for when hiring an external HR consultant? Here are our top 5 recommendations:

1. A track record of success as an On site HR consultant
When considering engaging an externala candidate to fill the position of your HR consultant, it is important that they have demonstrated experience in providing successful results for clients. The most impotant differntiator to consider is whether they will work on site in your organisation. If you are planning for long term results; this is ESSENTIAL. Secondly; yYou are running a business yourself so most likely you will need your HR consultant to hit the ground running. The best way to achieve this is to hire a professional with proven experience.

2. Previous client referrals
When trying to determine whether a HR consultant will work in conjunction with your business needs, it is vital that you do your due diligence on their track record. The consultant should willingly provide project based references with the contact details of the stakeholders involved. Preferably you will want to contact the HR consultant’s current past clients that have had projects similar in scope to your own. It is important that you invest the time to connect with references that will provide you with the complete picture of the consultants work and results.

3. Expertise in a specific area of HR
Human resource consulting is a very broad field, you will rarely find consultants that are experts in all aspects. Furthermore, when deciding to engagehire a HR consultant, you are probably looking for assistance in a few specific areas. It is important that you find out what the HR consultant’s core competencies are and what has made them experts in the area in order for them to deliver the results that you need for your business.

4. Integrity & trust
Assessing the proven experience of a HR consultant is critical, yes, but it is equally as important to determine the underlying values of the person in question. You are engaginghiring a person and a company that, in order for them to do their job effectively, will need access to sensitive areas of your business. If you do not feel that you can trust the HR consultancy and the people in itt, they are probably not the right fit for your business. Ensure you elicit information regarding the consultant’s level of trustworthiness and personal integrity from their references.

5. Can you see this HR consultant as a member of your team?
Although your HR consultant may not be in the office all the time, they will interact with you and members of your team on a regular basis. A good external HR Consultancy will ensure that their people will consistently be on site. They will act as an advisor to you and your colleagues. For these reasons ask yourself; can you see this person fitting in with your team? Ultimately we all want to work with people we enjoy and who have pleasant personalities. When considering a particular HR consultant, ask them about their approach to building rapport with teams involved in a project.

Want to get the most out of your HR investment and see results? At Coaching Combinations we work with your people; they know us and we are part of your team. To find out more about outsourcing your HR processes with a HR consultant based in Perth, contact us on 04121 55 567 or send us an email.

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