Considerations When Hiring a Forklift Operator
Consider an Experienced Recruiter When You Need to Hire a Forklift Operator
To casual observers, the role of a forklift operator is likely characterized as someone who moves around a warehouse in a motorized vehicle that has a pronged device in the front for the purposes of lifting/moving heavy skids of merchandise/materials; and in the most rudimentary sense, this could conceivably be viewed as a very basic depiction of this job.
However, to those who have a far more intimate knowledge of this profession, the above definition is, in essence, unacceptable if not very disrespectful to those who actually perform this function. Operating a forklift is by no means an easy task, nor is it a source of amusement/entertainment for the drivers or any fellow employees working nearby.
Forklift drivers play vital roles in any supply chain, exemplified by their responsibility for the safe and efficient storage and movement of assets as part of the revenue-generating process. This is why employers need skilled and capable forklift operators, which in turn emphasizes the importance of effective recruiting for such positions.
In addition to actually driving a forklift in a safe and appropriate manner, operators need to complete several other important tasks on a daily basis; some of these responsibilities can include:
- Inspection and maintenance of equipment
- Unloading and storing of incoming shipments
- Picking orders accurately/preparing for shipment
- Ensuring that all in/out shipments meet quality standards
- Inventory control – proper quantities, rotations, and records
- Observing criteria for workplace safety/handling hazardous materials
As a result, employers looking to hire forklift drivers may want to examine the following as part of the interview process:
- Forklift, warehousing, factory floor
- Theoretical and practical
- Handling of hazardous materials
- Transportation of dangerous goods
- Proper licensing to operate a forklift
- Skills and Competencies
- Knowledge of workplace safety
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Organization and attention to detail
The importance of hiring competent and skilled individuals for forklift jobs should not be undervalued. For employers who might not be able to dedicate sufficient time/resources to this recruiting process, they can look for support from an experienced forklift recruiter such as Winters Technical Staffing in Toronto.
Dedicated Recruiters Can Streamline and Accelerate Hiring of Forklift Operators
Whenever any recruiting is tasked in-house, the investment of time and staff resources can be substantial, with no guarantees that a suitable candidate will be found and hired. By utilizing the resources of a recruiter with experience in a specific field, such as forklift operation, an employer can alleviate a significant amount of the time and effort required from any in-house staff while simultaneously strengthening the overall probably of filling that position.
Winters Technical Staffing offers employers such experience for the recruiting of forklift drivers. Acting on behalf of an employer, Winters Technical Staffing can both streamline and accelerate the recruitment process by providing the following:
- A dedicated recruiter
- A pool of potential candidates
- Candidate contact and screening
- Coordination of final interviews onsite
- Background, reference, and police checks
- Salary negotiation and employee onboarding
While Winters Technical Staffing is attending to the above, in-house staff can continue to maintain productivity levels by focusing their time and efforts on priorities/tasks related to the day-to-day operation of the business.
For additional information on the services provided by Winters Technical Staffing relative to recruiting for forklift operator jobs, visit our Services Page.
Contact Winters Today
If you are in need of a forklift operator for your business, consider the benefits of using a recruiter with considerable experience and success in this field. Call Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 or contact us to book a no-obligation consultation on our recruiting services and how we can assist with your hiring needs.