Hiring engineers can be extremely difficult, as the technical knowledge, experience and qualifications are often very specific. However, this difficulty is heightened by the current candidate-driven job market as there are more engineering jobs than available candidates.
So how do you make sure you hire the best engineers in the face of these challenges?
- Be the organisation that engineers want to work for
In order to attract top quality engineers, you need to have the attributes that people want in a job and workplace.
This goes beyond offering a good salary and includes aspects like your company’s culture, highlighting how candidates can make an impact in the organisation and offering learning and development opportunities and chances to upskill.
- Reduce the job requirements that are overly restrictive
A good way to enhance your company’s likelihood of finding the best candidates is to expand your talent pool.
You should eliminate baselines that are unnecessary or overly restrictive (particularly in a tight candidate market), be open to up-skilling and training your hired engineers; this will also be extremely valuable in retaining them for your organisation.
- Take your time with the screening process
When it comes to screening engineers for interviews, it is important to take your time and not rush it.
It is so important for hiring managers to take the time to get to know candidates, their motivations and career goals as these features are all key to hiring the right person.
This is complimentary to the above point as you might find that the candidate that will fit in best with your business is one with less experience than others.
- Ask the right questions
Although some skills can be taught, it is crucial to ask questions about the non-negotiables of the job and about the tasks they will be doing.
By utilising a variety of question styles, such as behavioural questions, technical questions and providing them with hypothetical situations, it will ensure that they are the right fit for your job.
- Close quickly and personally
Once you have found the right engineer, do not wait! Given the ongoing engineering shortage, it is important to act fast and also personalise the message.
Make sure you explain to them what it is about them, that you think would make them a good fit and reiterate how they will benefit from working with the company.
Overall hiring good solid engineers, can be extremely challenging, and it is important for you to consider the steps you need to take to find the right person.
However, we are industry experts who have been working in this sector for many years. Working with us, means you will be working with industry experts who have years of experience hiring engineers and who know the ins and outs of what it takes to recruit the right candidate.
This will allow you to focus on other aspects of your business whilst knowing you will be provided with top quality candidates!
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