Strategic Use of Consultants
An informative interview helps you to engage the right consultant. Information gleaned from the interview allows you to select the consultant most able to make a positive difference in your program.
To prepare for your interview, you will want to learn about the core knowledge, competencies, and dispositions of highly qualified consultants. The Characteristics of Highly Qualified Consultants handout [PDF, 193KB] can help you envision the consultant you need to achieve your program goals.
The following activities illustrates why taking the time to prepare for your interview and develop thoughtful questions will help you to secure the right person for the job.
Evaluate the Phone Interview
Review the items in the checklist. Next, watch the short video. As you do click the items in the checklist that the interviewer was able to accomplish.
About the Phone Interview
This interview was not as comprehensive as it could have been. The interviewer was not able to convey the goals he wanted to accomplish and did not take the time to explore different T/TA strategies with the candidate.
Are there better ways to approach an interview? What would you do differently? Proceed to the interview below to get some ideas.
Evaluate the In-Person Interview
Watch the second video. As you do, click the items in the checklist that the interviewer was able to accomplish.
About the In-Person Interview
This second interview was more comprehensive. Through advanced planning and by asking thoughtful questions, the interviewer was able to learn much more information about the candidate’s experience, ideas, and approaches to help her make a good hiring decision.
Would you hire this candidate?
Last Reviewed: April 2013
Last Updated: January 6, 2017