Interest in the Company
Ideally, you would hire people who enjoy what they do and like to see the company succeed. As you interview prospective employees, it’s worth gauging their sense of interest in your business as well as the field in general. Although working provides more benefits than simply full-time entertainment, it’s good to know that your employees can feel fulfilled by the work you’re hiring them to do. Ask them how they got interested in the field and why they continue with it. Their answers will give you a sense of how invested they feel in the job that they could do for you.
Attention to Detail
The construction industry is full of responsibilities and tasks that are crucial to the health and safety of the people who will work or live in the buildings. Employees who have higher attention to detail are more likely to do the work correctly the first time. They’ll also be able to identify errors that could be harmful if they aren’t caught early enough. Although it’s tempting to test an applicant’s ability by quizzing them or giving them a bunch of information to sort through, you might not get the results you’re looking for. Instead, ask them to give examples of times that their attention to detail saved them time or solved problems on the job site.
The ability to communicate is a soft skill that many employees need in order to function within a company. For example, you need an employee who will let you know if they need to take time off or give you important details about a task they’re working on. The skill to get the message across and do so in a timely manner can save you a lot of hassle and confusion. Ask applicants about their communication preferences, and inquire about their willingness to interact with you across multiple platforms. Someone who depends mostly on phone calls and doesn’t feel comfortable texting might not be a problem unless texting is the way that you prefer to communicate.
Ability to Collaborate
When your contracting business is large enough that you are starting to think of it as a team, everyone needs to be able to function like they are on a team. The ability to collaborate is important because you won’t always be the one making all the decisions. Sometimes you need a qualified partner who can help you brainstorm ideas to solve a particular problem. An employee who likes to collaborate will be happy to help you. They won’t let minor conflicts get in the way of finding a successful and efficient conclusion. In many cases, an employee who works hard to learn and works well with others may be a better fit than a person with tons of experience who doesn’t know how to take direction.
Self-Driven Work Ethic
Ultimately, you’re hiring employees so that they can perform the tasks that you cannot necessarily do on your own. If you have to stand over them the entire time to keep them working, you’re not going to be able to complete your own parts of the project. That’s why being self-driven is such a useful attribute. A self-driven employee knows what they are supposed to do, and they will ask questions if they are not sure. They have a plan in mind for where they want to go, and they can get the job done with the right amount of support and encouragement.
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