Whether you’re already using independent consultants, interim managers or contractors to deliver change within your business, or if you’re about to embark on doing so, engaging an interim provider can be an excellent way to gain access to the best talent in the market.
It goes without saying that the best providers should invest significant time and effort into getting to know your business but here are five more things you should expect from your interim provider:
1. That they treat their candidates well.
A harmonious relationship between the provider and the interim keeps the interim happy and avoids unnecessary disruption to the assignment. Ensure that there are no pay issues, that the provider is prompt and efficient with contract updates and renewals and that there is a regular feedback loop. A poor relationship between the interim and provider is problematic and, at worst, we’ve seen candidates turn down contract extensions from being disgruntled at the provider.
Learn more about the Laudale approach with our Candidate Commitment
2. That they are both fast and thorough
The need for speed is always apparent in the interim market and your provider should have a fast and efficient but thorough selection and referencing process. This is a fine balance but professional firms get it right. Good interim providers usually know the interim – have often engaged them previously and/or have been referred by a trusted contact. They will screen effectively and only represent quality candidates who meet a high professional standard.
3. To know their market.
Your provider should truly know the domain in which they are providing interims. They should be very well networked, understand the nature of the work and have a track record placing on similar engagements. Good providers will also be able to give up to date and accurate benchmark data like market rates and availability.
4. To know the rules and comply
Good providers will be completely up to date and compliant with things like tax and data legislation and this will be reflected in the nature of the engagement and in the accompanying contract.
5. Provide a snapshot of who’s available
Your provider should be able to supply example profiles to give you a flavour of the types of interim available in the market. This won’t cost anything and can be done anonymously. Be pragmatic with this – if your requirements are extra niche, give your provider a day or so to pull something considered together plus, good providers will want to get permission from the interim to share their details whether it’s anonymous or not.