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August 05, 2022

When it comes to lift and escalator recruitment, you need to hone your recruitment style to the specific sector of engineering you are recruiting for as not all engineers are created equal. Asides from check their qualifications and asking the receptionist their impression of the candidate, there are other tips and tricks you can use to ensure your new lift and/or escalator engineer is going to perform well.

A Conscientious Nature

A lift engineer carries out a very important job when it comes to responding to emergency calls. Lifts are often featured highly on surveys of which kinds of phobias most people have because the lift engineer is the only person who knows what happens behind the proverbial scenes. That’s why good social skills are a top-rated skill for any prospective lift engineer to have. Pay attention to how well they understand the human impact of the work they do, how conscientious and self-aware they appear and finally, their ability to display empathy.

A Methodical Approach

While all engineers are likely to share a pool of soft skills such as being a ‘natural problem-solver’ and having great attention to detail, a lift engineer works within a very specific environment. Assess their disposition, how logically they tell a story without interruption and examine their job history to see if they display a genuine interest in wanting to continue within this field. Often, our instincts can tell us a lot about a person and whether they see a long-term future in their chosen career and looking for this trait helps to hone that instinct.

If you want additional support regarding interview tips or you are pressed for time, working with a lift and engineer recruitment agency can help you to get the right people in front of you.

If you would like to work with specialists in order to ensure you’re using your ability to examine a person’s qualities effectively regarding lift and engineer recruitment, get in touch with our team of recruitment team today.


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    The way a business approaches recruitment naturally changes according to the sector you are in. when it comes to recruitment, engineering has its own set of particular demands. Ultimately, you want to attract long-term talent whether the positions you are hiring for are temporary, short term or for a lengthier role within your company.

    Give A Problem To Solve

    Think about the mind of an engineer. Scientifically minded, practical, and prone to positioning themselves as problem solvers wherever possible, individuals who choose engineering want to provide value. This puts you in a good position to demonstrate exactly how they could be of service: Which projects will they be working on? What will completing the project achieve and mean? What will they as an individual be contributing to your company? If you incorporate these into the narrative of your job adverts and during the interview, you have a much higher chance of attracting suitable potential candidates to your company. Recruitment, engineering-wise, involves tapping into the engineer’s need to use their skills to solve a problem.

    Employee Engagement

    It is important to ensure your current talent pool feels valued and content within their role. After all, maintaining employee engagement ensures you will avoid having to starting the hiring process all over again after you found the candidates you were looking for. Engaged employees will help to promote your business for you as they will recommend your company to past colleagues and friends at other companies: essentially, motivated engineers help to facilitate recruitment (engineering-wise) for you.

    Contact an Expert

    If there are any parts of your recruitment service you think could be optimised by experts, the specialist team at Precision People have years of experience and a variety of recruitment services to offer. As a leading UK recruitment engineering agency, the quality of the services are verified by the speciality of the team. Get in touch today for the best chance you have of success.

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  • September 11, 2017

    Discover these seven little known tips especially for engineers to help boost your career.

    There's more to being a successful engineer than being good at maths and science. Regardless of whether you graduated recently or 20 years ago, there are tips and strategies you can employ to increase your chances of career advancement, some of which might be surprising. So let's take a look at some of these tips that all engineers can use to assure themselves that their careers remain on the right path.

    1. Get to learn the bigger picture.

    This one might surprise many of you, but the reality is that engineering firms are increasingly seeking out engineers who can think like business people. They want engineers who have been involved with strategy and planning and know their way around a balance sheet and income statements. All engineers need to understand how the total costs to produce your company's products affect business decisions.


    2. Think outside the box.

    In this case, the "box" is your respective discipline. You might have gone to college to study mechanical engineering, but many of today's complex products contain software and embedded electronics so there will be times when design issues will confront you that fall outside of your technical discipline. Learn the basics of other relevant disciplines, such as electronic and software design.


    3. Become a team player.

    Collaborative design is a part of reality for today's product development efforts and design teams have now been expanded to include more and more people, many of which are outside of engineering. All these disciplines must come together to resolve complex issues and formulate solutions to bring products to market. As a result, communication and other "soft" skills are as important as technical expertise.

    4. Be an innovator and come up with new ideas

    Innovation in new products is what sets successful companies apart from their competitors. Always be open to new ideas, even if they come from sources outside your group. Beware of the "Not-Invented-Here" bias that exists at some companies. Companies will reward engineers who encourage innovative ideas, regardless of where they originated.

    5. Be an active alum

    Keep in touch with your alma mater by offering to participate in technical societies to increase your networking reach and writing technical papers and/or organising technical sessions at association conferences to enhance both your experience and your company's reputation.

    6. Always keep learning skills 

    This is crucial as the tools used to do product design and analysis are constantly changing and improving. Stay ahead of the curve and seek out new assignments and opportunities to learn new technologies, sign up for training programs and make the most of company-paid educational benefits. Also, if possible, attend events put on by professional organizations, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers or the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    7. Work on your "soft" skills.

    All forms of communication–written and verbal–are critical to advancement in engineering. If you're an engineer who wants to eventually advance into a management role, you'll need to be comfortable talking to customers, giving presentations and working with outside suppliers, agencies, etc. So developing these "soft" skills is vital. Toastmasters International, a non-profit organisation, is a great place to get your feet wet in public speaking. 

    To learn more about hard & soft skills download this free whitepaper here.

    Want to talk further about how Precision People can help your business contact us on 0116 254 5411 or email

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