What to Look for When Hiring an Independent Contractor

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Knowledge – or Willingness to Get It

As mentioned before, contractors need to be self-directed and proactive. You can find out fairly quickly whether someone is willing to dive into their knowledge gaps or run away from them. When adding contractors to your team, look for people who will say, "I don't know, but I'm going to figure it out…" and then do that very thing.

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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