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Old 06-04-2016, 08:43 AM   #1
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I am in the process of hiring an apprentice/helper. All the threads on here lately have been a big help in posting the ad. So now that guys are calling and e-mailing about the job, I want to send them a questionnaire/application that they can fill out. This way I can have any pertinent information I need to know for every candidate.

Some things I'm considering asking:
-location
-age
-construction related experience
-languages spoken
-smoker yes/no
-valid drivers license?
-legal u.s. Citizen/resident?

I'm kinda stumped beyond this. What would you guys be looking to find out when selecting a new hand?


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Old 06-04-2016, 08:52 AM   #2
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Good worker or bad, if they cannot get to the job reliably, they will not work out.

Over the years my crew and other friends/associates (contractors) lose more work days to employees with unreliable transportation than anything else I can think of.

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Don't think you can ask age.
Smoker is a good one as, well smokers kill time and stink.

As Brass said, reliable transportation is a must.
Tools own and experience.
Why you want this job.

Remember Gary, you are screening, filtering here, not hiring anyone. From there, a phone call to the chosen ones is the next step.
Personally I prefer to talk to people as paper can be misleading and I can get a far better bead on the person talking, or even better, in person.
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Don't think you can ask age.

Smoker is a good one as, well smokers kill time and stink.



As Brass said, reliable transportation is a must.

Tools own and experience.

Why you want this job.



Remember Gary, you are screening, filtering here, not hiring anyone. From there, a phone call to the chosen ones is the next step.

Personally I prefer to talk to people as paper can be misleading and I can get a far better bead on the person talking, or even better, in person.


Well I requested candidate call me. This way I can let it go straight to voicemail and I can get a sense of who they are by the message they leave. Not scientific and not fool proof, but to me it's the first step in screening. Also, I've found people who call are more serious then those who e-mail. Only problem is, I forgot I put the ad out last night, with instructions to call between 8 and 8 anyday. Got a phone call at 830 this morning and was totally caught off guard when he called asking about the job! "Huh? Job? Oh yea! Ummm give me your e mail address I'll send you out a questionnaire. "


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I am in the process of hiring an apprentice/helper. All the threads on here lately have been a big help in posting the ad. So now that guys are calling and e-mailing about the job, I want to send them a questionnaire/application that they can fill out. This way I can have any pertinent information I need to know for every candidate.

Some things I'm considering asking:
-location
-age
-construction related experience
-languages spoken
-smoker yes/no
-valid drivers license?
-legal u.s. Citizen/resident?

I'm kinda stumped beyond this. What would you guys be looking to find out when selecting a new hand?


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-location
Far far away

-age
Old enough to know better

-construction related experience
Lots

-languages spoken
English, filtered and non filtered

-smoker yes/no
Smoke what exactly

-valid drivers license?
ROFLMFAO...Negative

-legal u.s. Citizen/resident?
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Am I hired?
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-location
Far far away

-age
Old enough to know better

-construction related experience
Lots

-languages spoken
English, filtered and non filtered

-smoker yes/no
Smoke what exactly

-valid drivers license?
ROFLMFAO...Negative

-legal u.s. Citizen/resident?
Affirmative



Am I hired?


So far you're the most qualified, when can you start?


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So far you're the most qualified, when can you start?


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FYI...

Just went over this and my questionnaire with my wife, who works in human resources. She tells me I can't ask age, and I can't rephrase the question as date of birth. That's a bunch of crap. Why would I want to hire a 60 year old as an apprentice?

Also, can't really ask about a criminal record. She says you can only not hire someone due to criminal background if it's related to the job position. Well I'm leaving the question in because tell me one crime you can commit that's not related to this job? I'm no saint, but I was smart enough to never have anything stick, and I've changed. I'm not rolling the dice that some guy on Craig's list has had his come to Jesus moment and turned over a new leaf.


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Ask: what attributes do you possess that make you a good candidate for this position? IOW, what are the top three reasons I should hire you?




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Ok but I need you to get liability and workers compensation. It's going to be better for you if I 1099 you and treat you as a sub. Oh yea, you're still getting $15/hour, but hey their won't be any taxes taken out!


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Ok but I need you to get liability and workers compensation. It's going to be better for you if I 1099 you and treat you as a sub. Oh yea, you're still getting $15/hour, but hey their won't be any taxes taken out!


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I've been toying with the idea of hiring someone as well. Interviewed a few, but I couldn't go ahead with hiring because some other life stuff came up.

In the sales threads people bring up asking their clients about their experiences with previous contractors to be quite telling. I found the same goes for asking about what they liked and didn't like about their previous employer.

As for filtering questions, might want to ask their availability. Can they be to site at 7? can they work weekends if needed? Do they already have any of the safety training required? What area of construction do they fell they're best at?
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Here's what Ive come up with so far. Feel free to add, use, print out and burn, do whatever you want with it.
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I would try and get a feel for their home life are they single or are they in the middle of a divorce and 3 custody battles with sptty daycare.

Will help you determine if it will quickly become I can't come in today because of this and that.

As for age, while its not something u can ask its easy to figure out, you list you completed high school in this year which would have put you around 17-18 and count up from there.
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So you checked to make sure you're legally allowed to ask these questions to potential employees right?

Not sure about down there, but up here an employee is not legally required to disclose if they're a smoker or not to a potential employer.

Especially if it would be used against them when it comes to getting the job.
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There's nothing worse than paying someone that spends half the working day smoking on the job and littering the customers yard with cigarette butts... well, except for someone coveredin tats smoking...
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So you checked to make sure you're legally allowed to ask these questions to potential employees right?



Not sure about down there, but up here an employee is not legally required to disclose if they're a smoker or not to a potential employer.



Especially if it would be used against them when it comes to getting the job.

I just checked. No I can't ask if they smoke. Fortunately for me, I don't care. I guess I'll remove that question in the future.


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Its usually pretty easy to tell if someone smokes without having to directly ask.
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Its usually pretty easy to tell if someone smokes without having to directly ask.


Not over an e mail. I don't want to waste my time meeting every weirdo from Craig's list


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Another question is what basic hand tools are always in your tool belt?

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