If you are in the market for a talented quality control specialist, you likely have a good idea of what such an employee would bring to the table. A strong background in the specialty is an indicator of past success in the field. High-quality references and interesting example projects are two more signs that your candidate will be able to meet your needs.
Experienced hiring managers are able to recognize a strong candidate by their application material, but keep in mind that work history and qualifications can often be misrepresented when presented in a resume. Often, when actually placed on the job, the difference between reality and the resume are profound, with long term negative impacts to a team or even business as a whole. Here are a few more subtle qualities to look for in a quality control specialist to ensure that the candidate you are considering has the skills to live up to your expectations.
In business, documentation really is everything. Being able to track, organize, and report on issues of quality control is critical to optimizing and solving long-term problems. Look for a candidate who has experience with effective documentation and who knows that such skills are of value within such a position. The process can be simple enough to be overlooked by many hiring managers, but the point remains that if a quality control specialist is unable to follow through on your companies’ reporting requirements, they will be unreliable in the position for the long term.
Attention to Detail
While quality control specialists are needed throughout a wide variety of industries, one key skill that the best specialists possess is a keen eye for detail. As the main objective of all quality control specialists is to test a product for its intended use and make sure it performs up to the necessary specifications, being able to identify and isolate problems quickly and effectively is critical to the success of the job.
A candidate who possesses this level of detail orientation should be able to cite specific examples of how and when their attention to detail paid off. Look for resumes or cover letters that provide examples of issues that were identified and resolved within the greater context of a project. If none of your candidates are able to communicate that information within the scope of their application, make sure to discuss real-world examples and scenarios within the interview.
Project Management Skills
Lastly, but certainly not the least important of these skills, is project management. Like the other skills mentioned above, hiring managers should look for specific examples of project management skills in action within the greater context of an application. Great project managers have the ability to communicate across diverse disciplines, motivate multiple team members toward a shared goal, keep schedules and budgets on track and organized, and make high quality and informed decisions. Again, look for real-world examples of these skills within a candidate’s work history to ensure they’re success with your team.
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