Hiring general laborers isn’t usually something that people put a lot of thought into, and at Corporate Job Bank we disagree with this thinking. General laborers are sometimes doing some of the most important work for your company to meet goals and deliver to customers. Finding quality candidates for this position can be difficult.
Use these General Laborer Interview Questions for your next candidate search.
How many years of experience do you have in this field?
When hiring general labor, you are often not really having them do “general” tasks. General laborers can be doing anything from warehouse work, landscaping, your general light industrial work. While these positions may not have a laundry list of specific requirements, the requirements they do have are extremely important. Having an idea of what skills they possess before starting is a great way to set yourself up for success.
Do you enjoy working as a team or solo?
General laborers will often work closely as a team in a myriad of tasks. Finding a candidate who can work well with others in a team setting can be essential to your success. Look for candidates who either have prior team experience, or come recommended as a good team player.
Describe a situation when you have had a problem with another coworker. How did you handle it?
As previously mentioned, your general laborer will most likely have to work with a team. Someone who can handle conflict well, or not cause it at all, is going to be a great candidate for your company. You might also be able to find a general laborer team lead out of this question, so be mindful of candidate answers.
If another employee was to ask you to do something you know is wrong, but would make your task easier, how would you handle the situation?
Your general laborers will often be working in difficult settings, such as warehouses or loading docks, and the work is difficult. However, the work is designed to keep the workers as safe as possible. Workers who start to take short cuts, or are swayed by others into doing so, can wreck havoc across your workplace.
Do you know what we do as a company?
People often think of general laborers as the lowest tier of the company, but they are still an integral part of your company. At the end of the day, they are still an ambassador for your brand, and they should have an idea of what your organization is all about. A good general laborer candidate knows the basics of what your company is about, and is positive about them.
These are only a snapshot of the many questions that you can ask a general laborer during an interview. Do you have any others you have found that work well? Let us know, here! For more information on hiring general laborers, check out the related articles below.