Every hiring manager in the country wants the best engineers working on their project, but finding and securing the right talent can be a much tougher task than it seems. For people with an HR background, assessing engineers for short term contracts is tough.
Engineers have specialized skills that don’t necessarily translate to a conventional resume, and (although this is a broad overgeneralization) are not always the best at selling their skills and abilities. Specialized contract engineering companies can help bridge the gap, but this leads to a new problem – how do you find the right one?
Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your list of contract engineering companies to only the ones best able to fill your open position.
Look for specialists
Not all engineering jobs are the same. If you are hiring a for a specific type of job or skillset, try to look for contract engineering companies that have placed similar positions before. Most companies will have a section for open jobs on their website – if the positions advertised are similar to yours then the company is likely to have experience in the area.
Do your research
Thanks to the wonders of the internet, there is a wealth of public information available with just a few clicks of a button. It is usually pretty easy to find 3rd party reviews and testimonials online. Checking in on the company’s social media accounts and blog can paint a pretty helpful picture too.
Rely on recommendations
Public reviews and testimonials are great, but recommendations from trusted sources are even better. If you know of a hiring manager that frequently works with contract engineering companies, consider giving him or her a call to see if they can point you in the right direction.
When something appears too good to be true, that’s often because it is. This is particularly relevant when dealing with companies remotely via the internet. Be wary of contract engineering companies that promise the world with no indication they can deliver or are vague about their pricing.
Of course, the best way to evaluate contract engineering companies is to reach out to some of the recruiters directly with your questions. You want people that are friendly and easy to work with, but also knowledgeable about engineering in general, and your project specifically.