As an Insider, I am listing various questions IT Consultants ask us. You may have different questions to ask, please update under comments. Thanks!
Who owns the Company?
Comments: This is very important, a lot of companies are owned by H1B holders (This is illegal - They may be fly by night operators). Only US Citizens and Permanent Resident are allowed to own businesses.
We are an American owned and an established company. Licensed by the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs.
Do you answer Phone Calls after hours (May be Emails)?
Comments: This is the biggest problem, I have noticed that most companies don't answer phones. As a study, we have called over 100 companies and only 15-20% have actually answered and most of the calls are outsourced to India. And, most of them have no clue of what they do...
As an It Consultant, once deployed at a Client site, you may not be able to call during normal business hours. You want to ensure that talk to you after hours.
We answer all phones 24X7 (Senior Manager's answer - Not a call center or answering service)
Do you have direct clients?
Comments: If an IT Consulting Company does not have direct clients it does not mean that they will not be able to provide placement. You should be more worried about their Network in the Market and management's experience. You should ask them for proof of direct clients (Like a Purchase Order) not just names.
We have over 15 years of experience with direct clients and a strong marketing team. We will provide copies of any document.
How is the Payroll Processed?
Comments: This is very important, you want to make sure they have funding to pay before getting paid from Clients. It is not your job to collect money from Clients.
We are fully funded to process payroll on time (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly options available)
How big is the Company?
Comments: This is a stupid question. You should be asking "How good is the Company" - With large companies, you will never have a chance to speak to the President or CEO. Why should you care, if you get paid on-time and you get your benefits.
We are a Mid-Sized Company, we grew from referrals. Most phone calls are still attended by our CEO, he will continue to be responsible.
To be Continued...