Jul 28, 2016

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Questions to ask your future business consultant

Hiring a business consultant is one of the wisest things that a manager can do. Running a business is though, challenges will appear at every corner, and nobody expects you to know how to solve all of them. A professional consultant will help you understand the problems you face and provide tailored solutions, but your experience will only be pleasant if you apply a rigorous selection process. Your company’s future must be in good hands, so make sure you ask these questions when you interview business consultants Leeds!

 

What is your biggest success so far?

 

The success of previous clients is the most representative of a consultant’s skill and expertise. Ask them what their biggest success has been so far and pay attention to how specific the answer is. If the consultant doesn’t give you a clear answer with relevant solutions they have suggested and starts discussing general matters, you should cross them off the list.

 

What companies do you usually work with?

 

Each company faces different challenges depending on its size and sector, so you should hire a consultant that has worked with businesses similar to yours. The more familiar they are with your situation, the better.  If you have a large business and the consultant has only worked with small companies, or the other way around, you might want to choose someone else.

 

What do you specialise in?

 

A “general” business consultant, one who knows everything about all business aspects is quite rare. Ideally, the consultant should specialise in a specific field, whether that is public relations, money management, advertising, SEO or human resources. Specialisation enables them to understand all the ins and outs of a specific field, whereas general knowledge can be superficial. Of course, someone who specialises in a business aspect, but is also aware of how business mechanics interact, is preferable.

Can you sign a confidentiality agreement?

 

Working with a business consultant means letting them in on a lot of your corporate secrets, so it goes without saying that they should be legally bound to keep this secrets. A confidentiality agreement prevents your consultant from sharing your business information with competitors, during or after your collaboration. If the candidate refuses to sign one, it’s best to pick someone else.

 

What happens after you leave?

 

A consultant’s job is to help you overcome challenges and give you advice on how to drive your company towards growth. However, this doesn’t mean that you should become dependent on your consultants. After your collaboration ends, you should be able to handle challenges on your own.

 

How can you help my company?

 

The closing question should give you some insight into how exactly the consultant will try to help. Of course, you shouldn’t expect the full solution, because the consultant doesn’t have all the facts and figures, but their answer should be enough for you to understand their general approach and preferred method of working. If you like what you hear and see yourself implementing their suggestions, you can hire them!