Machine Operator qualifications to look for
Machine operators typically work in manufacturing and production to set up, control and maintain machines.
Most hires will hold a high school diploma or equivalent and have some related experience. This position typically offers on the job training, but top candidates will show a strong technical aptitude.
📌Don’t forget: Check local legislation as licensure requirements vary per location.
Keep an eye out for candidates who have:
- Excellent communication skills
- A drive to learn
- Strong adherence to safety standards
- A commitment to following procedures
Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.
Problem-solving interview questions
- How do you manage to fix multiple machines that need attending?
- What must you do before you start a production cycle?
- Why is quality assurance important as a machine operator?
- Why are logs important? What information do they store?
- You discover that a machine has an issue, but your supervisor asks you to let it run until the daily production quota has been met before fixing it. How do you respond?
- If you noticed that your colleagues are not complying with safety rules how do you respond?
Role-specific interview questions
- What tools do you use regularly on the job?
- Do you prefer working individually or as part of a team? Why?
- How do you respond if you’re asked to stay later than your scheduled time?
- Do you have experience with [type of machine]? If so, explain it.
- What steps do you take during a quality check?
- What process do you use to perform maintenance to a machine?
- What’s your experience in programming machines? How long have you been doing this?
Behavioral interview questions
- Have you ever made a mistake in measuring parts or final products? How did you fix it?
- Tell me one thing you did to improve the quality of processes in your last job. How did your supervisor respond?
- How do you respond to a hazard in the workplace?
- Describe a time when you disagreed with a coworker. What was the issue and how was it resolved?
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