6 Qualities to Look for When Hiring Electricians

August 31, 2018

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Electricians perform a wide variety of tasks, from the installation of wiring in a new building to repairs and replacements of outdated systems. If you’re beginning the hiring process, you may be focused on finding a licensed electrician with the proper training. This is a great start; however, when hiring an electrician, it’s also important to look for certain qualities above and beyond the technical skills and training required. Qualities like dependability, the ability to solve problems, great communication, and attention to detail are integral. Here, we go over the top six qualities you should look for when hiring an electrician.

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1. Dependability

Dependability is one of the most important characteristics an electrician must have. As an employer, it’s important to look for electricians who will show up on time and contribute. Look for candidates who have demonstrated dependability in past roles and are motivated to be part of your team.

2. Good Communication Skills

For the most part, electricians will need to work with a diverse range of people, including estimators, homeowners, and project managers. They will need to communicate effectively in their role to improve teamwork and ensure customers are up to date as the project develops. In many cases, an electrician will be called during a time of crisis when a customer is overwhelmed. Helping customers feel comfortable and reassured is another skill great electricians possess.

3. Independent Problem Solving

Electricians are often challenged with both basic and complex problems they’ll be required to solve efficiently and independently. Especially on projects where only one electrician is required, the ability to be resourceful and make the right decision is important. On the job, electricians will need to understand overall electrical problems and investigate ways to fix them. Being able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of possible solutions is a vital problem-solving skill necessary for any tradesperson.

4. Time Management

The ability to finish a job on time is a difficult skill to master, but it’s essential for an electrician working as a larger part of a team. As an employer, you will need accurate labour and cost estimates. An electrician’s ability to predict the time needed and stick to that timeline is a must-have skill.

5. Attention to Detail

Staying safe on the job requires a cautious and detail-oriented approach to the job. Electricians will need a strong understanding of regulations and safety procedures and be mindful to work in a way that keeps them and others safe.

6. Business Skills

Business skills are often developed over years of working for a company or as an independent contractor. General knowledge of business practices including invoicing, inventory tracking, and strategic planning are indicators of an experienced electrician.


Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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