The success of your construction projects depends, to a large degree, on the quality of people you hire. Finding the best people isn’t always easy. They are in demand, probably already working and can take their pick of who to work for. Here are some tips that will help you to identify the best people, and attract them to your team.

Put candidates to the test.

Anyone can look great on paper, but you need construction workers who can really perform on the job. Give candidates a hands-on task to assess their abilities or consider working with a staffing firm that offers a temp-to-hire option. This will allow you to evaluate them at your worksite before committing to a long-term hire. Be sure to choose a firm that specializes in working in the construction industry, not just a general staffing agency.

Screen thoroughly.

Run full screenings including background and reference checks on each candidate you are considering for hire. History tends to predict future performance, so it’s critical to verify experience and past on-the-job performance to ensure that you are getting the skilled, reliable employee you think you are.

Ask questions to ensure cultural fit.

To keep a project moving smoothly, it’s vital that your entire team is able to work together. Spend a little time upfront to be sure that the individuals you consider for hire will get along well with their co-workers, and conform to your company’s values and business philosophy.

Gauge whether they’re in it for the long haul.

One of the toughest challenges in construction is getting reliable people. Talk to candidates and check their history to find out if they consistently show up on time and are ready to see your projects though to their conclusion. For small construction projects, it may not matter as much, but if you have a major project with multiple stages, you want people you can count on for the long-term.

Partner with a staffing firm.

The tips listed above are helpful, but who’s got the time when you’ve got deadlines to meet? By partnering with a staffing firm that specializes in hiring for construction, you can rely on their expertise to provide high-quality workers while you focus on taking care of your other priorities.

At Action Group Staffing, we can easily identify the most highly qualified construction workers – and we know where to find them. Our screening process ensures you get the candidate quality you expect, with no unpleasant surprises. When you’re ready to begin the hiring process, contact an Action Group Staffing specialist today.

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