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HR Consultant

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles, and interview templates. Use this HR Consultant hiring guide to help you make the right decisions, fast.

HOW TO HIRE A HR Consultant

What does a HR Consultant do?

A human resources (HR) consultant provides advice and guidance to businesses and ensures that an organization’s human capital serves the best interests of the company. By creating and implementing bespoke HR strategies, they work to ensure the organization is effectively utilizing its personnel to achieve its goals while working at optimal performance and efficiency levels. An HR Consultant is often either outsourced from an HR Consultancy or works freelance. They advise and perform HR functions as and when they are needed within the business.

Day to day tasks of a HR Consultant

Skills assessment

HR Consultant definition

An HR Consultant offers specialist advice and services, often from a third party, to help businesses maximize the efficiency of their HR operations and implement appropriate new policies and procedures in the best way possible. They are valued by companies for their ability to bring an outsider’s objective view.

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HR Consultant Hiring Process

Step 1: Understand the role
Step 2: Source Applicants
Step 3: Skills Assessment
Step 4: Interview
Step 5: Hire

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile​

To find the best person for the role, you need to understand what the role involves. You can complete this with the hiring manager to define the role, its contribution, and the skills needed.

Write A Job Description Based On Skills

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Selecting The Ideal Candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customize one for your organization.

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview.

Making An Offer

Once you assess your candidates against these skills, you’re ready to offer the top performer(s). You should base your offer on the value that the candidate would bring to your team and your business as a whole. It is also important to ensure your compensation and benefits packages are competitive in the industry and help you attract and retain the top talent.
Build the ideal candidate profile

Skills needed for a HR Consultant

An HR Consultant must be solutions and problem-solving-oriented. As the role is people-focused, they must have exceptional interpersonal skills and have a keen eye for detail.

Pro Tip

Problem-solving is key when it comes to resolving situations where HR is involved. Being able to mediate a situation and find a solution where all parties are satisfied is an important skill. Keep an eye out for any applicants who place importance on problem-solving.


How to write a HR Consultant job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position. Here’s what to include in your HR Consultant job description:

Job Title: What position are you hiring for?

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organization

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully

Benefits: Details of compensation, benefits, and any perks on offer

Pro Tip

In building your candidate profile, remember you’ve already identified what skills are needed to succeed in the role. Here’s where to list your “must-have” skills and maybe a couple of “nice-to-have” skills. For example, an HR Consultant must have interpersonal and social skills, as this is a people-centric role. They should also have well-developed communication skills to go hand-in-hand with their interpersonal skills.

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Sample skill tests for a HR Consultant

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Question 1

Attention to Detail

Question Type: Multiple Choice

Read the below text. 

Which of the following statements best describes the trend in complaints?

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Question 2

Interpersonal Skills

Question Type: Video

What projects have you worked on that you are most proud of, and why?

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Question 3

Solutions Oriented

Question Type: Text

There is high turnover within the business and you have been asked to find out why and to improve it.

What information would you gather to find out the cause of attrition?


How to interview a HR Consultant

Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The interview should focus on any skills that require development that were highlighted from the skills assessment.

Now you know that candidates can do the job, the interview becomes more of a relationship building exercise where you can get to know the candidate on a more personal level, understand their motivations, and how they would fit in with the team.

Making An Offer

How much does it cost to hire a HR Consultant?

The US average for an HR Consultant is $63,063 according to, while the reported average salary on Glassdoor amounts to $75,238. 90% of HR Consultants earn up to $109,000 with 75% receiving less than $75,000. The lowest-paid 10% is paid up to $51,000.

HR Consultant Salary United States

HR Consultant salaries in the United States range from $51,000 – $109,000 (USD). HR Consultant salaries in the US vary a lot depending on the industry and commission.

HR Consultant Salary United Kingdom

HR Consultant salaries in the United Kingdom range from £24,000 – £64,000 (GBP). HR Consultant salaries in the UK vary largely based on location and career experience.

Source: Glassdoor

HR Consultant Salary Australia

HR Consultant salaries in Australia range from $82,657 – $122,948 (AUD). HR Consultant salaries usually depend on the industry and career experience.