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Hiring for manufacturing best practices

Mar 08, 2022

According to the Business Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing employees have the highest average tenure across all major industries with an average of 5.1 years at a single company. What that means for businesses looking to fill new roles is that the hiring process needs to be as precise and the candidates they decide to hire should be a close fit to their industry.

This article will highlight the 5 hiring best practices for the industry.

1. Using the most up-to-date technology

As a hiring manager, you know that you can't do every part of the hiring process on your own. Among the long list of potential hires you need to consider, there are also regulations, background checks, paperwork and interviews you need to process through. Businesses who use robust hiring technologies can improve the workflow, and save the company time and money by avoiding any missed steps or new regulation requirements.

2. Be consistent and honest

While this may come as a no-brainer, your business will attract the right candidates if you are clearly explaining their expectations and company culture. Employees in the manufacturing industry are looking for a business they can rely on as well as connect with. Being honest about the work they will be doing and the culture you have built will help attract the right people.

3. Consider a candidate's hiring experience

Ask direct questions to the candidate about their experience in past hiring processes. Was their past workplace productive? Organized? Did they offer you a clear path in the training process? How did you feel about starting out as a new employee? These questions can help you set them up for success and give your business the chance to put your best foot forward for a first impression.

4. Improve your company culture

In order to improve company retention rates, offering a great place to work is the ground level. You want to make a great first impression on your new employees and carry through with the promises made during the hiring process. This includes employee benefits like a 401K and a reasonable work-life balance. If you treat your employees well, they are more likely to not only stay with you for longer but do great work for you in return.

5. Consider a hiring agency

Recruiters are experts in the industry and already have a pool of candidates looking to fill positions. They can do a lot of the footwork necessary to hire great talent and give HR a helpful break. Agencies can help you fill roles from entry-level all the way up to managerial positions. Be sure to offer them the type of role you want to fill, the experience and attitude you're looking for and the skills you need.

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