Thursday, September 24, 2020

3 Things to Look for When Hiring a Consultant

When it comes time for your construction business to get advice from a company outsider, how can you be sure you’re selecting the best consultant?

By seeking an external consultant, you can draw from different vantage points and experiences unrelated to your business. Outsiders also aren’t influenced by company politics or hindered by widespread counterproductive practices.

Unlike company employees and managers, external advisors have no attachment to a firm or its people. With their detached viewpoints, consultants are able to provide rational assessments that focus solely on driving the best outcome for the business.

With due diligence on your part and a little faith, you’ll find the right person for the job. Here are 3 qualities to look for in a consultant to ensure your company makes the best choice:

No ties to the company

Referrals can be helpful, but it’s important to make sure the individual you hire won’t be swayed by prior relationships with anyone affiliated with your company. Someone connected to your firm, even in small ways, may find it difficult to remain uncompromised if making recommendations in the best interest of the business threatens people he or she knows.

Depth and breadth of experience

A consultant with broad, relevant experience can provide solutions to varied problems for multiple companies. For the best fit, select someone who has successfully tackled challenges similar to those your company faces, both inside and outside your industry.


Establishing trust takes time, so spend as much time as possible with potential consultants before hiring one. You must have enough faith in this person to share sensitive information about your business. A consultant’s credibility is directly related to the amount of trust he or she engenders.

Remember: There’s no shame in hiring outside consultants to help overcome internal strife or market vulnerabilities — a keen pair of eyes can see the forest for the trees, and an unbiased, knowledgeable voice can guide an enterprise out of the woods.

There is one final step in the process that many companies overlook when hiring a consultant. What happens when the consultant makes their recommendations and you don’t like the truth they shared or worse, you do like it and fail to do the things they recommend?

You hired the best consultant you could find and then not taking their advice is hard to accept.

Gary Fleisher, the original Modcoach can help you locate consultants for your business through the newly launched website, ModcoachConnects. It’s free to sign up as a client.

Consultants just pay a small monthly fee to be included. 

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