How to Hire a Material Handler

Does your growing business needs Material Handler? A Material Handler is responsible for maintaining warehouse stock and fulfilling stock orders.

Here are some tips to help you find great Material Handler candidates and make the right hire for your company.

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Material Handlers search for Jobs on Indeed*

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resumes from job seekers with material handler experience on Indeed

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $13.19 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$22.50 hourly
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Common
$7.25
$22.50

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Material Handler?

An efficient Material Handler helps in organizing and maintaining inventory which helps enhance business operations thus helping the company achieve its revenue, profits goals.

• Support in reviewing product picking sheets and picking correct products for each customer order
• Coordinate with the inventory group to manage inventory supply and recommend purchase suggestions
• Match each purchase order with the incoming delivery by loading and unloading delivery trucks

Skills to look for in a great Material Handler

Material Handlers are an integral part of a warehouse. It is essential to note which qualifications and skills are vital for hiring a suitable Material Handler.

• High school diploma or GED needed
• Valid OSHA forklift operation certificate
• Inventory management experience of more than 1+ year
• Ability to lift 60-100 pound loads
• Ability to work additional hours such as evenings, weekends and holidays
• Ability to pay proper attention to detail

Writing a Material Handler job description

A thoughtful description can help find qualified Material Handler candidates. A Material Handler job description includes a compelling summary of the role, detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

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

• Part-Time Material Handler
• Warehouse Material Handler
• Senior Material Handler

Interviewing Material Handler candidates

To hire a suitable Material Handler, take the time to vet candidates and asking detailed interview questions to understand their knowledge and skills.

• Proficiency in handling material equipment and operating small machinery
• Past experience working in a warehouse and managing inventory, loading and unloading trucks
• How they’ve contributed to efficient warehouse operations of the company by actively working towards managing inventory and stock properly in the warehouse

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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