When you are hiring for a manufacturing position, finding someone with the right hard skills is vital. After all, the job candidate needs to know how to work the machines and follow best practices in the industry.

Unfortunately, companies often focus so much on finding a candidate who has the right hard skills they overlook the importance of soft skills. A candidate who can work the machines but who doesn’t have the right temperament or who is lacking in other important soft skills could be a bad hire for your business.  Some of the key soft skills you should look for on a resume and during job interviews include:

  • Problem-solving skills. Problems inevitably arise, even in the most well-functioning work site. While you want to hire a candidate who knows when to ask for help, you also want someone who doesn’t need to turn to a supervisor every time a minor issue arises. Look for a candidate who has shown they have good problem-solving skills and the ability to know when a problem is one they can solve on their own.
  • Self-motivation. You want a candidate who is motivated to show up on time and is going to do more than just the bare minimum. Good managers should motivate employees to do their best; however you need to hire someone who has some internal motivation to do a good job for their employer.
  • Teamwork skills. Your staff needs to be able to work well together to keep everything on track. This means everyone needs to be a team player who is ready to step up to do the things that need to get done. Even one bad apple could spoil efforts to foster cooperation among co-workers, so look for a job candidate who has a proven ability to work well as a part of a team.

IES Custom Staffing can help your company to find qualified candidates in Boise, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, Idaho or Clearfield, Utah who have both the soft and hard skills you are looking for. Contact our staffing professionals today to find out more about the ways we can help you hire the perfect person for open manufacturing positions in your company.

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