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Comprehensive checklist for hiring contractors

Hiring a contractor can be a notoriously difficult process. Once the decision has been made that a contractor, rather than a new member of staff, would be the most productive addition to the team, what do you do?

Hiring a contractor can be a notoriously difficult process. Once the decision has been made that a contractor, rather than a new member of staff, would be the most productive addition to the team, what do you do?

Even if everything looks good on paper and they have the best work experience of anyone you’ve met, the entire benefit of their experience counts for nothing if they are incapable of working within your current structures, or don’t get along with your workers.

Comprehensive checklist for hiring contractors

At One Click Umbrella, we have put together a comprehensive checklist to guide your decision:

  1. Culture

    As previously mentioned, any freelancer will be arriving in an already established team, and as such, will need to be a good cultural fit. Obviously we’re not referring to ethnicity here, rather the way the contractor integrates with the different personalities within your business.

  2. Skills

    It goes without saying that if you want to bring someone in for a specific job, they will need the correct skillset. Ask for a portfolio of work or arrange for the interview to take place with someone of a similar skillset in the room.

    Set targets and specify times and dates that you expect certain portions of their project to be completed by.

  3. Staying power

    Contracts are key here. Word the contract to refer to specific points within the project they are being assigned to. If the contract is based on the timescale of the work, there is a possibility the contractor could leave as soon as their contract finishes, even if the project is not.

    When hiring a contractor, you need to make sure they will be staying for the duration and won’t leave you with half a project and no completion date.

  4. References

    We cannot stress enough how important it is to obtain references – a contractor without these is either entirely new to the industry with no previous experience, or has done a terrible job. Of course, this isn’t to say that these employees are to be avoided, but if you can find a contractor who has worked on a similar project in the past, you will be better able to set their goals for the duration of the project.

    A recommendation via word of mouth is a far more powerful recruitment tool than a generic application form, after all.

  5. Past experience

    There is a reason that LinkedIn has taken off in such a major way. It is an easy method of checking out a potential freelancer and judging the quality of their past experiences with other companies, and better yet, can be done prior to an interview.

    A contractor is sure to do their due diligence on you and your company, and the more you know about their work experience and background in relevant industries, the more informed your choice will be. Interviews are by no means the best ways of judging a person’s skills and a little extra research is all it takes to weed out the weak candidates.

  6. Pay

    Hiring the cheapest contractor may seem like a good way to save a little cash, but a standard rule of thumb is the better a person is at something, the more they expect to be paid. Unless there is a particular reason for their low expectations (such as your company being an industry icon), then avoid them like the plague.

Hiring a contractor can be one of the best decisions you will make for your company. The most important thing for you to bear in mind is your gut decision – you know your company better than anyone else.

Hire a contractor with a proven track-record, a great set of references and the ability to integrate into your existing team – and the process will be smooth and productive for all parties involved.

 

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