Here’s a suggested list of questions to ask anybody you are thinking of employing as a consultant.
Before you ask why are we doing this when we want your business; simple we can give you the answers you need and competition is healthy; especially when we win!
- Qualifications and Professional Membership;
Any consultant should be able to offer as a minimum being on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register.
This minimum standard has been set at a degree level qualification, member of a professional body, at least two years experience and active engagement in a continuing professional development scheme.
- Will they solve your problem?
Explain your problem and listen to the answers. Do the answers match your needs; you may not like everything you’re told; but does the answer match your needs? Are there various options put forward to allow you to select the most suitable option.
Check out their background; look for success and maybe some familiarity with your problems (think problem not business type; anyone capable can jump between industries)
Who are their clients? Anyone you recognise?
- Do they speak in English or Jargon?
If you can’t understand what they’re saying the chances are they can’t either; anyone can parrot legal requirements; the skill is under-standing them, and translating them for your clients.
- Do They Speak to You or At You?
Do they discuss your particular problem or are they more interested in patronising you and selling you a solution off the shelf?
- Do You Like Them?
Not the first question to answer but it makes a big difference if you have to choose between similar options. Make sure you feel comfortable with the people concerned; trust their advice and can actually work with them. It works far better then.
Robert (Bob) Chandler of HASCAT Safety Ltd. can be found on the newly available Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register. We look forward to working together with you in a partnership of openness and trust. We look forward to hearing from you.