Help me interview canditates for a technical lab position
January 16, 2009 4:38 PM Subscribe
I'm hiring a technician in a lab at a university, and I'm looking for some advice on how to interview them.
posted by pombe to work & money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am hiring a technician to assist me with the operations of a core laboratory at a university. The lab in question has a bunch of instrumentation that's available for use by anyone at the university and the technician's job is to perform routine maintenance on the equipment and train end users in basic operation of the equipment.
I'd like to get a handle on both the technical skills of the applicants (are they comfortable working with complicated equipment; can they troubleshoot common problems both in hardware and in software) and on their people and teaching skills (can they explain how to operate the equipment to the end user).
My problem is that the applicants are mostly straight out of college and I don't expect them to have any direct experience with the equipment, so I can't ask them directly about how they would troubleshoot a problem with one of our machines or how they would teach someone how to use it - I need to ask questions that get at this more indirectly.
I haven't interviewed a lot of people before but I have done some interviewing and I feel like I'm not that good at interviewing folks for these entry level jobs - it's easier for more advanced positions where you can ask detailed technical questions and get them to explain what they've done before.
All advice and suggestions appreciated!