07 Oct

What to Look For in Your Next Construction Employee

Choosing the right candidate for the job is a crucial decision for your business. It’s important you vet each applicant thoroughly to determine their character and whether they’re right for your business. Only with a diligent and professional workforce can you expect your business to grow.

In this article, we take a look at some of the key attributes you should look for when hiring a construction employee.

What to look for in your next employee?


You want to hire someone who you expect to stay with the company for a long period of time. There’s little use hiring someone and training them up only for them to jump ship at the earliest opportunity.

A good way to evaluate their loyalty to a company is to check their work experience. Specifically, you want to be checking for how long they worked with each company. Someone who has worked a lot of jobs for just a short period of time at each one may not be the best person to hire.

Relevant experience

Speaking of past jobs, you’ll also want to check that the person you are hiring has previously worked in a position relevant to the advertised role. If you are hiring for a specialised job role, you’ll need to ensure the candidate has experience in that particular field.

Good reputation

A great reputation is a great indicator that a candidate will be a good hire. You can learn about a candidate’s reputation by checking to see if their work has been reviewed at previous companies, or whether they have been disciplined or fired in the past.

References are a great way to check a candidate’s reputation. If they only use family members or friends as their references, they might be trying to hide their lack of experience or reputation. Ideally you are looking for past employers as references who can give you detailed information about the history and performance of the candidate.


A flexible candidate is one who can excel in various areas and is willing to take on additional responsibilities or learn new skills as the company grows. They’ll also need to be able to adapt to different personalities that might be on their team. A good way to determine the flexibility of a candidate is to ask them to demonstrate when they have been flexible in the past and how they intend to be flexible moving forward.


A professional employee is one who works hard and respects the business and their role within it. A true professional will show up on time, work diligently, be a team player and fulfil all the responsibilities of their role. They will be honest and communicative and will strive to do their best day in and day out. 

An employee’s level of professionalism will reflect back on your business. Therefore, professionalism is hugely important 

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