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Monday, February 11, 2008

Tips for the Computer Specialist Hiring Process

Many small business owners don’t know the first thing about hiring and managing a computer specialist and therefore can find themselves in hot water with a bad match for their company’s needs when they finally hire someone. If you need the help of a computer specialist for your business, you need to be very careful about the hiring process. The following tips can help you screen and interview a local computer specialist to find the best fit for you.

Where Does the Problem Start?

Most small business managers know what to ask when it comes to internal staff members, but hiring a computer specialist is a little trickier than the norm.

Aside from handling the legal issues of hiring a contracted employee (CONSULT YOUR ATTORNEY!), you need to know how to ask the right questions of a potential candidate for tech work. These hiring questions can be put into a checklist and used each time you interview someone new.

Part-time or Full-Time Computer Consulting?

1. “Do you have a day job or are you a moonlighter?”

Solo Practitioner or True Computer Consulting Business?

2. “Are there other people working at your company, or is it just you?”

3. “Are the other people working for you employees or contractors? What are their names and backgrounds, and how long have they been with the company?”

4. “Will the other people at your company be involved with my account?”

A Small Business or Large Company Computer Consulting Experience?

5. “What size is your typical client, in terms of number of PCs, employees and annual revenue?”

Generalist or Specialist Consulting Company?

6. “In what industry or vertical markets have you been working?”

7. “Which software applications and technology platforms do you support?”

8. “Which products, services and platforms do you NOT support and service?”

9. “Do you work with a specialty hardware, software or services vendor?”

The Main Idea about the Computer Specialist Hiring Process

The above questions are just some you can ask of candidates for outsourced tech services for your business. You need to understand important aspects of cost and also be able to properly evaluate a computer specialist in order to figure out whether or not he/she will work well with you.

Added By: Computer Consulting Kit