The construction industry doesn’t offer work for the faint hearted. This is a high risk job, but comes with its rewards. The success of any company is going to depend on the caliber of employees it has. This also means that hiring the wrong employee can have detrimental effects on the company. This is why as a potential employer or HR personnel, you can’t afford to take lightly your recruiting process. This is usually seen as a tedious process, however with the right hiring strategy, an unprecedented success is guaranteed in your hiring process. Let’s take a close look at some useful tips to get you started.
Possession of Necessary Skills
This is usually the first requirement for any interview. For anyone to be considered for the position advertised, he or she must possess the basic skills required to perform in the stated role. This is usually contained in the job description, where clearly listed are the qualifications, experience and skills that are relevant to the job. Before even considering any candidate for a full time work, this is a prerequisite. This way you will be dealing with right set of people more likely to qualify for the job; and you can avoid wasting time.
In as much as the skill of the employee is important, more importantly is to employ one who possesses the right attitude for the job. When we say the right attitude, it means that which fits the company’s culture and qualities needed for success. This is one characteristic that will pay off especially during tough situations of the company. An ideal candidate in this case is an employee with a can-do attitude, positive, can handle pressure effectively, confident and always willing to learn and longing to grow/improve.
Passion for the Work
This looks at whether the individual is truly interested in their specific construction field of work, and really care about what they do. It is important to uncover why the person is looking to switch jobs, as you can’t afford investing in employing someone who is simply looking for a new position with more money, as they are less likely to excel at the job. These kind of individuals are usually a problem in the long run of the company. If the person has switched for no strong reasons before, chances are that he or she is going to switch again, and this maybe at a time where his or her services are highly needed.
Offer a Sample Test
It is not ideal to hire employees based on just the answers you get during an interview. You should also consider putting the employee through some relevant test – tests that have to do with what his or her intended role requires. Give them a simulated task to handle or have them solve a problem during the interview and see how they perform. How quickly and efficiently they are able to perform the test should be a defining factor for hiring employees. You should also conduct standard tests such as general cognitive ability.
No matter how well the candidate appears to fit the job description during the interviewing process, it is quite important that a background check be done, as this is where you get to check their references. This is simply authenticating the information provided by your candidate. Take the time to have a chat with their previous employers and hear what they have to say. This should not be done after the candidate is employed but before; and if the information does not match, they should not be considered for employment.
With the right set of employees, there are no limits to what is achievable by your company. The quality of your employees can either make or break you. The above rules should help you find the right employees for your company. Ensure that they possess the skills needed for the job, and also that they possess the right attitude that makes for success within the construction industry. Depending on how technical the position is, do not employ without giving them tasks related to the job. Remember that passion and commitment is highly important, as much as possible, employ individuals that are committed to their career, who are more likely to stay on and grow with your company moving forward.