You must fully brief the consultants asked to quote, i.e. give them all background to your definition of the problem. Otherwise you’ll get proposals that don’t meet your requirements.
Make sure you only ask consultants to quote for the work who are qualified to carry it out. The Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers has a Code of Conduct which requires its members not to undertake assignments for which they are not qualified. If you do not know a suitable consultant, use the Institute’s free Client Enquiry Service to put you in contact with a number of qualified consultants, both individuals and practices.
Ask potential consultants to send you their CVs or to come to talk to you about the task – they should do this free of charge. Consulting is a people-driven service – make sure that the ‘chemistry’ between you and the consultant is right, and that you meet the consultant or team leader who is going to do the work.
All members of the Institute subscribe to a Code of Professional Conduct and Certified Management Consultants are certified against international best practice standards.
For help in locating a suitable consultant, see Find a Consultant.