When recruiting welding engineers, HR managers are often unsure exactly which questions they should ask their candidates. A Google search will deliver few results of relevance, so we’ve decided to compile a list of the top five questions to help you out when you're hiring a welding engineer.
1. How did you first get started as a Welding Engineer?
This question is so obvious it often gets ignored, but it’s vital. Considering that over 70 percent of welding engineer jobs offer zero field training, including training on the use of welding tools and welding equipment, you need to know that your recruits are fully competent at the role they are applying for.
2. Regarding your formal training, please can you name the specific welding processes you have been trained in?
It’s important that you don’t miss this question, no matter how talented the welder you’re interviewing is – if you specialise in plasma cutting and they have no experience with your processes, they’re probably not the best candidate.
3. Have you received any professional certifications or degrees in the area?
This question is a great way to provide you with peace of mind, knowing that the candidate has professional qualifications and is not simply improvising in a potentially dangerous arena.
4. Please can you provide an example of where your welding skills made a company a substantial saving, or enhanced profitability?
If you want to ensure you get the very best welders, a question like this is a great help. A sufficient answer will show your candidate is aware of the wider operations of business, and how effective welding can amplify profits.
5. Have you got at any particular or specialised skills that most welding engineers don’t have?
Again, the greatest prospective employees have additional skills beyond what is expected of them. If your candidate has wider mechanical ability beyond mig welding and tig welding, or other relevant expertise, they can add value that exceeds their responsibilities.
It is important to note that the above questions will have differing degrees of relevance depending on the company you work for – as such, it’s a great idea to consult an engineer when compiling a set of interview questions. Nevertheless, all the above questions provide you with pretty much everything you need to know when interviewing a prospective welding engineer.