What to Look for When Hiring an Independent Contractor

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Attitude

You can teach skills, but you can't teach attitude. Make sure, even in an independent contractor role, that you're hiring not only the right skills but also the right attitude – and vice versa. Independent contractors, as a very general rule, need to be self-directed and proactive so they can work on their own and anticipate the information and tools they're going to need to get the work done you've hired them to do. A cultural or attitude mismatch – even in a contractor – can quickly damage your entire team.

Do a quick tour of any HR or recruiting website, and you'll see at least one mention of the "gig economy." Recent research shows a growing number of Americans – almost a third – consider themselves independent contractors or freelancers. And the vast majority of those workers became free agents by choice, not because of economic conditions or layoffs.

What this means for employers is that a growing body of experience and skills is available on a contract basis from these workers. That's a huge boon for employers, but it's not without some pitfalls.

Hiring an independent contractor could be the perfect solution to your hiring woes, but you need to be just as diligent in screening these types of hires as you are traditional employees. In this slideshow, eaHELP's President Tricia Sciortino has identified the top five things to look for when hiring independent contractors.

 

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