5 tips for hiring outside trainers

Guidelines to use as a screen in the selection process
By John Eckmire
|CHRR, Report on Training & Development|Last Updated: 10/31/2007

It would be simplistic to promise just five criteria are all that’s needed to choose the best outside supplier of training programs. So think of these five criteria as a screen to be used at some point in the selection process.

1. Do they think the same way senior executives think?

Evidence is mounting that the best training programs — the ones that produce behaviour change — must have the visible, real support of senior management, ideally starting with the chief executive officer. If a training supplier’s program is going to attain that stature, it, and the internal sponsor of the program, must think and speak in a language the C-suite values.