How to Find Good SAP HCM Consultants

  • by Greg Newman, HCM Consultant, Newhit Ltd.
  • July 15, 2008
Find out about a new approach to conducting an efficient and effective interview to ensure that your SAP HR/HCM consultants are the best matches for your team. See how you can spot false claims and learn how to separate the ideal candidates from the rest of the crowd.
Key Concept

A technical interview is an interview that assesses a candidate’s knowledge, experience, and understanding of SAP HR. It’s usually the second round of interviews after the first more general introductory interview.

During the course of hundreds, and possibly thousands, of interviews, I have developed a list of top tips for finding a good SAP HR consultant among the thousands of potential candidates. Chief among those tips is that you take the time to develop a good technical interview.

A good technical interview is the fastest way to sort the wheat from the chaff. It doesn’t matter how good a candidate’s CVs is. If a candidate can’t demonstrate technical competency in the interview, then chances are he or she is not going to be an asset to your company.

Traditionally a technical interview was based on checking a candidate’s knowledge of SAP HR by testing knowledge of the IMG and recall of table names and infotype numbers. However, because of the increasing complexity of the various SAP HR modules, technical interviews are becoming more complex and tailored to the specifics of the role.

For example, when preparing an interview for a potential candidate for a payroll role, keep in mind that the candidate needs to have a good understanding of local legislation and law as well as configuration skills to build the correct solution in an SAP system. However, for benefits consultants working in a component that is not as tied to statutory laws, an interview should focus on their understanding of the capabilities of the benefits component, so that clients’ requirements can be built into the system.

Here are some ideas to consider the next time you interview for a role on your team. For my complete list of tips for hiring good SAP HR consultants, see the sidebar, “Six More Good Hiring Practices.” You can share those tips with your HR department or colleagues.

A technical interview is an interview that assesses a candidate’s knowledge, experience, and understanding of SAP HR. It’s usually the second round of interviews after the first more general introductory interview.

Greg Newman

Greg Newman is originally from New Zealand, and has been implementing and supporting HR and Payroll systems since 1999. He has worked on numerous SAP HR and Payroll implementations for Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and several other international rollouts. Currently Greg is a managing consultant working for Newhit HR and Payroll Solutions in England.

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