Has the difficulty of finding a top-quality engineer these days left you frustrated and hopeless? More and more companies and employers today have been reporting that while the applicants they select are technically adept and competent in engineering mechanics, they lack the effective communication skills that are so crucial in the work world today. Given this, it seems it would be of benefit to all if there was some way that companies could guarantee that their potential employees were competent in all areas relevant to the job. This is where engineer recruiters come in.
If you are considering attempting to recruit an engineer for your business, you need to be extremely observant throughout the interview process, particularly in your assessment of their personality and professional characteristics relevant to the position. An impressive resume simply isn’t good enough to win a job anymore these days. The applicant should display certain positive qualities during the course of the interview in order to be seriously considered for the position. Of course, he or she should do well during the interview process; ideally, you may find that what is written in the CV is supplemented by the engineer-applicant’s manners and ability to speak lucidly and offer personal insights. The interview process, therefore, is a crucial aspect in your drive to find and hire the best of the crop.
There are several top qualities or characteristics you should look for in engineering applicants. Just like when hiring other professionals, it will help to make a simple checklist so you can quickly assess if the engineer-applicant has what it takes to work well within your company. Here are some of the top qualities most employers look for in engineers:
– Reliable technical skills and competence – Engineers are all about technicality. They are essential for the development of safe and economical solutions to practical situations and problems. Technical skills and knowledge are not inborn; rather, they are acquired through years of diligent study. Check out the university where the engineer earned his degree. Most of the time, education will determine the engineer’s level of technical skill and competence, although experience is another important factor.
– Ability to demonstrate and apply technical knowledge – You do not need to be an engineer yourself to know if an applicant is demonstrating technical engineering ability. You may want to ask a few simple questions in the interview that would call for some technical answers from the applicant. If the applicant is able to make his or her point, no matter how technical, in clear, simple and concise language, you have come across a good engineer.
– Excellent communication skills – The engineer should demonstrate the ability to write lucid compositions and to speak fluently and articulately. Sometimes it can be difficult to find engineers who are also outstanding communicators, but if you do find them, you should not let them go! The best engineers are able to communicate technical concepts in simplified terms so that you, your staff and your clients can understand what is going on in the technical side of operations.
– Ability to cooperate and work well with a team– Engineering recruiting can be hard, especially if you are looking for one who can blend with the team. In the interview, try to determine if you are building a rapport with the applicant. Engineers who do well at building rapports or socializing with people are usually able to work well with a team, no matter how diverse the group may be.