Hiring a consultant can be a daunting task if you don’t know the characteristics of a competent consultant. So, what makes a good consultant? Well, to learn that, let’s discuss some key attributes that top consultants usually have.
Calmness under pressure: Usually, companies try to find a consultant when there is a problem that they can’t solve themselves. It’s likely that they are under pressure, and need strong, expert guidance. That’s why a consultant must know how to keep a cool head.
Problem-solving skills: Good consultants don’t see problems as “problems”. They see them as puzzles that need to be solved and they are excited about it. In fact, before hiring a consultant, you should ask them about their problem solving experience.
Intelligence and confidence: This is a no-brainer. People who choose to be consultants usually have a higher IQ along with the willpower to face problems with optimism.
Some other qualities to look for before hiring a consultant are good communication skills, impeccable work ethic, honesty, and professionalism.
The Process of Working With a Consultant
Onboarding a freelance consultant is slightly different from hiring a full-time or part-time employee. You see, consultants are not fully a part of the organizational hierarchy, so you can’t “manage” them as you’d do to permanent employees. Usually, companies have to give directions to the employees, however, in the case of consultants, the company has to take advice from them. It’s necessary to understand this social dynamic to have a fruitful relationship with consultants.