When hiring a forklift driver, looking for certain key skills helps you land a candidate who knows how to do their job well. Below, we provide five essential strengths to watch for when you’re ready to hire your next great forklift driver.
Experience driving the forklifts used on your work site
There are different types of forklifts with varying sizes and cab types. While some of a forklift operator’s skills are transferrable to using different pieces of equipment, it’s important the forklift operator you hire knows how to use the machines at your warehouse. The more experience a forklift driver has, the more competent they are and the less training they require to safely and efficiently operate different machines.
A forklift operator will need basic math skills to calculate loads. Many forklift operators also calculate freight quotes and bills of lading, so math skills on at least an eighth-grade level are necessary.
Oral and written communication skills
Forklift operators must read delivery lists, labels, signs and safety notices, manuals and more. Forklift operators will also need to write work orders, fill in forms and time sheets, write reports of incidents and communicate with supervisors and coworkers. Good oral and written communication skills are necessary and important
Aptitude for computerized processes
Forklift operators must be able to understand and work with computerized inventory control systems. Many forklift operators need to log orders, communicate through email, keep electronic time sheets and document completion of jobs using computer software.
Your forklift operator serves a vital role in your business. If a forklift operator doesn’t show up on time, quits without notice or fails to come to work at all, your supply chain management is impacted. Look for candidates with good references who aren’t job hoppers and show a commitment to their careers during the interview process.
The Reserves Network will help you find candidates with these skills and abilities, as well many other traits of the most desirable employees. To find out how our staffing services can help you hire a qualified forklift driver who will be an asset to your company, contact us today.