Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring an ‘Industry Professional’ Introduction
When you want something done right, hire the right professional for your project. Time is money and to waste either is not a healthy choice. By hiring an amateur or attempting to do it yourself, you may lose both.
Here are some things you should keep in mind when hiring an “Industry Professional”:
Experience and Expertise
Experience and expertise are both important when it comes to hiring a professional, and they each have their own advantages. Experience demonstrates that a company has successfully been in business for a long enough time frame to fully understand the ins and outs of the industry and has successfully completed similar projects over the said course of time. Expertise indicates that this company has not only completed similar projects with a high level of success but has also successfully completed far larger-scale projects. It represents an understanding and vision far greater than what each project’s challenges are and how to best plan for the future.
Both are equally important and should be deciding factors when choosing the right professional for your project. Can this professional execute a successful result for my project and whom can I speak with to confirm whether this is the right company for me? Do I trust them? Do they have a proven track record with similar projects and are their clients happy with the result?
These are some questions each person should be asking prior to hiring a company.
The next thing to look for is their team. Who are the members of the Team? Do they have experts in the company who specialize in successfully executing your project?
How long have they been working together? What is their experience level? It is equally as important for a company to properly function as a team, executing their values and skillsets in order to deliver a wonderful experience personally, professionally, morally, ethically, and in a timely manner.
Portfolio of past work done
- Look at their website. Does it look professional?
- Have they successfully completed similar projects as what you are seeking to accomplish?
- Referrals – Do they have a list of Referrals? You want to verify how they typically handle projects like yours as well as how they worked with clients.
- You should also be able to see a wide range of work, including previous installations, and past projects of all types.
- If possible, look at their social media accounts as well. This will give you an idea of how much experience and knowledge your potential company has in the industry.
Top-quality products used
When it comes to the products a company uses, you want to make sure the company you are using provides the best quality products for you to achieve your desired results.
A successful project is a result of several things and the right design, implementation, and products used will always deliver the best solution for every client. Moreover, it should mitigate future issues. When issues arise, and they will, how well does the company resolve said issues and how long of a warranty period do the products have as it pertains to said project?
Lastly, if your professional isn’t planning and creating a project design that is future-proof, then you may want to consider asking why. Everything changes and your solution and products need to be adaptable.
Communication between the company and yourself
When hiring an ‘industry professional’, communication between the company and yourself is key. You should be able to communicate with the company easily—you should be able to get in touch with someone during their office hours.
More importantly, full transparency in every project is key. If you, as a client, are unsure of what’s being provided or proposed and the company is being evasive or elusive, then it is probably not a good match. Companies with a proven track record will ensure that each client is well-informed and educated in the project to allow both parties to be in alignment. Ask if they have a service contract and how what their warranty period is for both services and products.
Forming a positive working relationship is key and open and honest communication is a must.
When you want something done right, hire a professional.
Hire someone knowledgeable about their industry, so they know what questions to ask and how to do things properly (and avoid costly mistakes). It's important that you feel like you can communicate clearly with them and that they can give you a clear understanding of the work that needs to be completed.
We hope this article has helped you to understand how to make a good choice when hiring someone for your next project. By considering all of these factors, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that results in an excellent outcome for both you and the person who does the job.