Asking the right questions during the field service engineer interview can help you figure out if a candidate has what it takes—and asking the wrong ones can waste everyone’s time and saddle you with a nightmare employee.
Your engineers are on the front line with customers all day, so it’s essential that they be able to present themselves well, handle difficult customer situations, work independently, and think on their feet.
So what questions will help you figure out if a candidate is perfect for your business?
You could flip through the dozens of books out there for hiring managers, and pore over the hundreds of websites that claim to have the perfect list of questions.
Or you could just keep reading here…
The Best Questions to ask in an Interview:
1. Position-Specific Questions
Position-specific questions let you know whether the candidate has the basic qualifications for the job. For example:
Do you have a clean driving record?
What kind of training or certifications do you have?
What’s the first step you’d take when diagnosing a fault in a customer’s boiler?
What’s the most common type of plumbing issue you’ve handled?
If you missed any key questions during the application process or while on the phone, now’s the time to ask them.
2. Motivational Questions
Finding out what motivates candidates and what their goals and ideals are can give you a sneak peek at their future performance.
Where would you like to be in the next year (five years, 10 years)?
The way a candidate answers motivational questions can reveal just as much about them as their actual answer.
For example: if they can’t find a single positive thing to say about their last job or they need five minutes to come up with an answer to a question, they may not be the right field service engineer for you.
Bonus: This type of job interview question can help you figure out what makes a candidate tick—so if you do hire them, you’ll know how to keep them motivated. We’ll be offering creative, inexpensive ways to motivate your employees in next week’s post.
The WAY a job candidate answers interview questions can reveal as much about them as their actual answer.
What’s something you believe that no one else agrees with you on?
Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? (Whole Foods interviewers ask this question, according to Glassdoor).
While we don’t recommend asking all of these questions (just one will do), the candidate’s answer to a curveball question—and also the way they react—will show whether they have the confidence, humour, or smarts to make it as an employee in your business.
Hiring the right employees for your field service business can turn your customers into raving fans, and your company bank account into an overflowing abundance of profits.
Linda is a long-time journalist and content writer in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.