Almost every home has either an air conditioning system, heating system or both so there is always a need for maintenance or repair no matter what the season. Most homes also have a system that provides ventilation to keep the moisture out and mold from growing. However, our heating and air conditioning systems need to be maintained or repaired and sometimes they need to be replaced. This is why a career in HVAC is virtually recession proof.
As a hiring manager, interviewing talent for your company is an important part of your role and crucial for company growth. In specialized industries like HVAC-R, Facilities Management, and Mechanical Engineering, the hiring process can be tricky. You need to avoid the job hoppers and smooth talkers and focus in on those who will actually care about your customers.
Want to make the best impression possible on your next HVAC job interview? Then this blog post is for you!
A common interview question we ask prospective employees is ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?'”. As employers, we like to hire people who have a clear plan – that shows initiative and commitment to career development. But, we need to provide an environment where these motivated employees can achieve their career goals. We need to help them get to where they want to be in 5 years. When a company is committed to employee career development, it becomes easier to attract the best employees.
Companies in the building and engineering trades face hiring challenges posed by an aging workforce and shrinking pool of skilled labor. So, it is imperative to hire, train, and retain younger workers to stay competitive. Likewise, ensuring that experienced staff find purpose in their work builds loyalty and encourages then to mentor and develop younger colleagues.
Too often we see candidates get caught up in the minutiae of looking for a new job while forgetting some very fundamental practices to protect themselves over the long-term course of their career. Some people may have every intention of staying at the same company for the duration of their career, but sometimes forces outside their control intervene, and plans change unexpectedly. An acquisition or a merger, a new management team that brings in their own favored supervisory staff, economic factors that change marketplace dynamics or competitiveness for your firm, operational issues that impact your ability to deliver to your customers in a timely fashion, relocation, unforeseen personal circumstances, and more – all these are factors that can precipitate a job change. As a result, it’s important to be prepared for an unexpected change in direction and to have your “ducks in a row” at all times. Aim for a high-level of organization and record keeping during your tenure with a company in case you need to pivot.
If you’ve ever searched for an HVAC job before, you know that it can be stressful. Sending out your resume, researching hiring managers, attending countless interviews – sometimes it feels like it is all in vain. Working with a specialist HVAC recruiter during this process may be one of the smartest career moves you can make. They likely know everyone who is hiring in your industry and can help position and coach you to perform at your best. In this post, we explore some of the important ways that a specialist HVAC recruiter can help you take the next step in your career.
If you are hiring mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers, you should consider working with a specialist MEP recruiter. This is even more true for companies hiring sales talent in the MEP industry.
For any business, having a carefully selected team of management and sales executives that you can rely on is extremely important — especially so in a niche market like HVAC-R or Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering. As we discussed in our last post, hiring for these highly technical roles can be very difficult, even more so when your hiring efforts span multiple departments and skill sets. Soliciting the help of an experienced recruiter, familiar with your industry, can help you make the right hiring decision.
Service managers play an integral role in HVAC, Facilities Management, Mechanical Engineering, and Building Automation businesses. They are the senior level employees who represent your company to customers and manage teams to make sure projects get done right, on time, and on budget. In our industry, good services managers are in high demand and can be difficult to hire. As a result, sometimes the best approach to finding the right service manager for mechanical services or HVAC businesses can be promoting a technician or salesperson who demonstrates the attributes of a good leader.