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Dealing with the Trades Labor Shortage: How to Find Reliable Plumbing Help

July 19, 2021
Time to Read: 
10 minutes

Finding skilled plumbers doesn’t have to be stressful. If you operate a business and you need to hire someone who has skills in this area, you need to know how to ask the right questions to locate the correct candidates for your needs. Interviewing for skilled trades and positions that require hands-on training can be much easier if you have the right questions in hand to ask.

General questions are necessary to get a feel for what the person is like, but you need to know what to ask to be sure that you are finding out about the plumbing experience that the person has as well. The right combination of questions is needed to make the most of your interview process.

If you are ready to learn more about how to ask candidates what experience they have so that you can find the right plumber for your open jobs, you need to keep reading.

What General Questions Should I Ask?

You will need to ask some general questions of each candidate when you first sit down with them. These questions can help break the ice as well, so you will get a second benefit out of this set of questions as well.

·   Ask About Them as a Person

Ask your candidates what they like to do, what they are interested in, and what they like to do best when they are at their job each day. The more that you know about the person, the easier your decision will be at the end of the day.

·   Ask Them to State What They Enjoy About Plumbing

Plumbing is the kind of job that can keep plumbers busy during regular business hours but also on an emergency basis. This is not a part-time job for most people, so you will need to know whether or not the person loves their job. Enthusiastic employees are always more favorable than employees that are burned out or bored.

·   Ask If They are Licensed

You will want to know what kinds of licensing the candidate has in hand so that you can immediately tell if the person will need more training or to tell if they fit the needs of your open job positions. You might not want to invest any money or time in training the person that you have hired so they can get licensed, so this is an important question to ask.

What Role-Specific Questions Should You Ask?

You will then need to move on to more specific questions about prior experience. These questions can tell you a lot about the depth of experience that the person has to work with, which is key for your overall hiring benefit.

·   How would you find a hidden pipe blockage?

·   Should you install steel plumbing under a sink?

·   What causes pumps to fail?

·   Have you ever installed specialty plumbing?

·   Ask for step-by-step installation instructions for specific job tasks.

You can also ask about the kinds of previous work that the person has done. Make sure that you inquire about the leadership roles that they have operated in as well. They might not have been in a true managerial role, but if they were senior at their prior job or trained other people, this is good information to have on hand as you make your hiring decision.

Commercial plumbing jobs are often more complex than smaller residential jobs. You should ask if the person has ever installed any plumbing in office building settings and what the hardest jobs that they have worked on in a commercial reality might be. The more that you ask about the scope of experience, the easier it is to get a good feel for what the person knows how to do.

Some Other Questions That You Can Ask

If you want to ask some other questions that help to identify if the person will be a good fit for your business, salary and compensation can be a great place to start. You want to be certain that the person that you are hiring will be happy with the job offer that you can afford to give to them. You might also want to inquire about what their goals for personal growth might be. This can help you to determine if you are going to be hiring someone that will look for another job elsewhere after a short amount of time has elapsed.

When interviewing journeyman plumbers, make sure that you ask about the prior education and experience that they have, and make sure that you find out how long they have been a journeyperson plumber. This is its own niche area of the plumbing job reality, and you might need to dig deeper into the experience of the person in question to be sure that they are a good fit for your open job.

Hiring the Right Plumber Can be Easy

The better your interview strategy, the better your hiring processes will be. You can save a lot of time and energy when working on hiring if you have the right questions in mind. You need to be able to learn as much as possible about your potential new hires so that you can be sure that you are going to have a long and successful working relationship with them. The more effective you can be during hiring, the better your workplace morale and atmosphere will be.

Hiring is about asking the right questions, but it is also about making sure that you can get at the heart of someone’s opinions and values related to their job in a quick-fire way. You want to gather enough information in your interview to find out if the person you are talking to has the skills as well as the personality to be a great fit for your open job positions. Your company’s morale and the efficiency of your daily work processes will be greatly improved if you ask the right interview questions so that you can be sure you are hiring the right people.

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