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Five tips on finding professional SAP consultants

Updated on March 15, 2010

Five tips on finding professional SAP consultants

I have worked with many SAP projects and teams in the past, some big and some small - the one thing they all have in common is that every one of them has its good consultants and its 'not so good' consultants.

When I first met these people, I never knew which SAP contractor were which, but over the years I have learnt a few tricks that give me a clue straight away.

I hope the below tips help you as they have helped me.

  1. The first thing I always do, now that I employ consultants, is to actually, really take references on each candidate - seem easy? well, normally when you ask for references you get 1 or 2 offered to you - however if you look at the CV and actually ask to speak with someone from the latest projects, you get a better feel for how they are right now. If the consultant is hesitant to provide these names and contact details - you have the first warning bells, right there - do not go any further with this consultant!
  2. Very importantly, if you know that the consultant has worked with someone you know - simply pick up the phone or send an email and ask about them! This is one of the best and easiest ways of getting a "true" reference.
  3. For the first interview, try and set it up as video conference so you can actually see the contractor on your screen, as nowadays several consultants have had "a friend" sitting their interview for them and that way they have secured the job or contract - this is becoming a worrying trend and it is not as uncommon as you think. Once the interviews and the offers are completed watch carefully how they handle the contract signing stage - are they careful, quick, awkward - it usually gives an idea of how they will behave on a project team.
  4. I always try to get a reference from someone they have actually worked with, such as one of their past team mates - not just because they tend to have a good understanding of the person but also knows them better than the managers they worked for.
  5. Finally, I have understood that, even with all the above applied some will sneak through so I always offer an initial short term contract to start with a possibility to extend later - its an easy opt out clause!

Good luck and please let me know if you have any other ways of making this happen - it would be greatly appreciated and hopefully we can give the good consultants an easier ride.

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