What to look for when hiring an engineer

Engineering is becoming one of the most sought-after professions, both by high school graduates and employers. Academic institutions quickly recognized how popular engineering was due to the abundant work opportunities, and nearly every university nowadays offers several engineering courses.

Unfortunately, this also means that not all young engineers will have the same level of dedication, skill, knowledge and talent. Far too many of them were just looking for a diploma that will lead them to an easy paycheck, which is something you have to watch out for is you’re an employer yourself. Here are some things to look for when hiring an engineer to maximize productivity in the workplace. Here’s another great article for hiring an engineer.

  • Make sure that the engineer has some amount of experience in the specific field you’re working in. As obvious as this might seem, plenty of universities feature ‘general’ engineering courses with very little in terms of specialization. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for people without much computer knowledge to end up working in IT. Coaching employees is great, but there should be a limit to it – it’s the academia’s job, not your own, to give the student a moderate amount of knowledge. When you’re thinking of hiring an engineer, make sure that they’re familiar with the specific line of duty. This familiarity can come from a hobby, a previous job or even the potential employee’s family – as long as a certain amount of knowledge is present.
  • Try gauging their creativity, ingenuity and ability to improvise. Of course, if this was easy, every company would have their own Tesla. You can only know so much before the person actually gets to work, but there are certain things to look out for – has the potential employee developed some concepts of their own? How well can they deal with a problem in an alien environment? Book knowledge can only take you so far, and depending on what you work with, being able to quickly improvise could be just as important as knowing how this or that machine works.
  • Does the engineer suit the particular role you have for them? Being a fairly broad term, engineering can mean many different things. You might need your engineer to come up with abstract, creative concepts, or you could simply require them to pull a set of levers and insert a certain amount of data as scheduled. Aim to recognize the person’s individual skills if you’d like to make the most of your new employee.
  • Don’t get too stuck on experience. A lot of brilliant young minds these days are unable to get proper employment because they lack the necessary experience. If they were allowed to work for the companies they’re gunning for, these people could go on to do great things and increase their employers’ profits tremendously. Keep this in mind, and don’t be afraid to give a young engineer a chance over a seasoned veteran if he or she looks promising – your newest employee could be the missing piece you’ve been waiting for that will take your company above and beyond.

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