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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Computer Consulting 101 Hiring Tips (Part 1 of 2)

You may desperately need help from a computer consultant, but you may be a little unsure as to how to hire a consultant. You will want to speak with several consultants to understand more about their firm. Here’s a list of important questions you will want to ask:

Part-time or Full-time Computer Consulting

Do you have a "day job"? Are you moonlighting?

Solo Practitioner or True Computer Consulting Business

What do you mean by the "we"? Are there any other people who work at your company?

Are they employees or contractors? What are their names, specialties and backgrounds? How long have they been with the company? Will they be involved with this account? (Tip: The more pointed questions you ask, the more you'll flush out the B.S. and hyperbole.)

Small Business or Large Company Computer Consulting Experience

What "size" is your typical consulting client, in terms of number of PCs, employees and annual revenue?

Generalist or Specialist Consulting Company

What industries or vertical markets have you worked with? And in what particular aspects and software applications?

What kinds of products, services, and platforms does your company shy away from? Do you work with any specialty hardware, software or services vendors?

If you want to learn more about how to hire a computer consultant, read the entire article (link above).

Blogged by Joshua Feinberg