How to Hire a Forklift Operator

Does your growing business need a Forklift Operator? A Forklift Operator is an expert in operating a forklift to move around loads and packages within a warehouse or a storage facility.

Here are some tips to help you find great Forklift Operator candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $13.28 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$22.30 hourly
  • Find more information on Indeed Salary

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Forklift Operator?

Hiring a Forklift Operator for your company is important as they are instrumental in safely moving materials and items to their desired place at the right time.
Choosing the right person is essential to move the materials around to effectively to help further the company’s goals in a safe manner.

• Responsible for loading, unloading materials from vehicles and storing them in assigned spaces
• Move the materials to their storage areas or pallets for shipment or storage
• Accountable for determining damages and timely report any quality deficiencies

Skills to look for in a great Forklift Operator

It is essential to review the skills and qualifications of all possible candidates to identify the most suitable candidate for Forklift Operator.

• High school diploma or GED needed
• Proven experience of more than 2+ years operating powered forklifts
• Excellent knowledge of material handling equipment
• Good understanding of OSHA regulations
• Strong physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds without machine assistance
• Safety orientation in operating machines

Writing a Forklift Operator job description

It is vital to creating a detailed job description with a list of duties, responsibilities and required skill set to find suitable Forklift Operator candidates.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Forklift Operator jobs, such as:

• Forklift Operator
• Forklift Operator
• Part-Time Material Handler

Interviewing Forklift Operator candidates

In the interview process for suitable candidates for Forklift Operator, comparing the skills and qualifications of all potential candidates is essential.

• Proficiency in operating forklifts independently
• Knowledge and experience of moving materials using equipments and machines
• How they’ve excelled at helping the company improve its business efficiency by performing their job role in an efficient and safe manner

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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