Companies hire retail IT consultants for a variety of reasons. Whether seeking special skills, staffing a specific project, supplementing the existing team or any reason, the right consultant can add real value to your team. However, there are several things that can go wrong when hiring consultants, and the wrong choice can lead to significant problems.
Moving Too Quickly Can Spell Trouble
You hire retail IT consultants because you need to produce a high-quality result you can’t achieve with your existing team. When you hire the wrong consultant(s), you end up with poor results, projects that don’t hit their deadlines, wasted budgets and an existing team that resents management for its poor choices.
Oftentimes hiring teams move too quickly when hiring consultants or they don’t take the time to verify skills and credentials like they would for a permanent full-time IT position. If you want your projects to be successful, you must use the same thorough processes when hiring consultant(s).
The Consequences of Failing to Verify
Since you don’t pay consultants a standard salary, some people take that to mean, “I can come and go as I please.” If you need consultants in the office from 9 to 5 or available each day via Skype or Google, these expectations must be set up front, preferably in your job postings so you can weed out people who have no interest in sticking to a schedule.
When conducting reference checks on retail IT consultants, be sure to ask about their reliability. A consultant that isn’t available when you need them or who doesn’t understand or care about your attendance requirements will derail your project.
When Group Dynamics Can’t Recover
Adding consultants to your team can temporarily throw off the dynamics of the group, just as any new addition could. However, if you hire the wrong person, the dynamics can be thrown off permanently. In worst-case scenarios, you could end up losing talented permanent employees because of a short-term consultant.
It is extremely important that consultants fit in with your existing group. Whether their contract is for three months or twelve months, someone who clashes with the group will have a damaging impact on morale and productivity.
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Hiring Consultants
These nightmare scenarios can be avoided when you deploy thorough and strategic hiring practices to ensure you’re making the right choices. However, this can be easier said than done for hiring teams that are stretched thin, especially when staring down the barrel of tight deadlines.
If you are looking for highly skilled retail IT specialists for short-term projects, partner with the team at Verity Retail Solutions. We are a national leader in retail tech recruiting, focusing on contract and consulting engagements. Our recruiters are known for their effectiveness in locating top-tier talent for our clients; talent that stimulates innovation and adds value to the existing IT team. Learn more about that process and how we can help you attract the retail IT consultants you need by contacting us today.