Apart from an electrician having the right skills and qualifications, there is more to expect than it meets the eye. There are factors you should put in the spotlight before hiring an electrician, factors that go beyond technical capacities. Soft skills or interpersonal skills are worker’s attributes that apply to all across the industries. This involves the ability of a worker to interact harmoniously and effectively with others. It also includes the reliability of a person, time management skills, problem-solving skills and most importantly, communication skills. Let’s explore these skills and traits further so that you know what to expect from an electrician before hiring.
Whether you have huge or small electrical needs, chances are, you will communicate with an electrician through several means – text, phone call, email or in person. For successful communication to happen, an electrician should give a response on time, easy to understand and address your needs and immediate concerns quickly. Do you know what puts people off immediately? Lack of effective communication and this happens in every field. Effective communication with your emergency electrician shows that they care and are dedicated to solving your electrical needs.
If you find a rude electrician, who hardly communicates, is very rude, slow to respond to you and hard to get a grip of what he/she is saying, you will have a difficult time, and you will wish you had gotten someone else. You will also notice his traits and contact during emergency response. This is especially true in a large scale industry where project management skills play an important role. So, before hiring, take an interview with your prospective electrician and take note of their general communication skills. During the initial contact and consultations, note if they are friendly in the way they are talking back, do they know how to explain technical jargon into a language for Lehman’s, do they give a quick response to your requests.
A team player
Some electrical situations require electricians to be part of a team. Sometimes electricians are required to liaise with other people in a project. It is great if an electrician can work effectively as a team and carry on with self-respect, respect for others and dignity. If disagreements arise amid a project, and no team member is willing to resolve the issues, the project may come to a certain halt, and it will be difficult to move forward. Having a team player for an electrician is vital, especially if your company will be dealing with managers of real estates, real estate owners and so on. But if a team works in harmony, the project will sail through smoothly up to the conclusion.
Time management and reliability
This is important for all electricians. An electrician should be able to furnish you with time estimates it would take them to complete a job and stick to the schedule. If they deliver on time or even before schedule, they will land in your good books. Time management skills are crucial, but they should also appear on time as they promised and get the job done right. Nobody likes calling back an electrician to fix their errors! To know if they can stick to their word, first look at their online reviews and learn from their past customers.
If an electrician is always conscious about safety and presents good problem-solving skills, you got the right electrician.