Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Friday, November 20, 2020 from 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Carly Carmosino 
Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri 

 Interviewing and Hiring in Mechanical Contracting

This is a two-part, inter-active seminar that takes place from 8 - 11 AM on November 19 & 20.  Please note: When enrolling, you are registering for both days. 


PART 1 - When it comes to searching for a new employee, the stakes are high. Financially speaking, most companies believe bad hires cost them thousands of dollars and months of time! Hiring the wrong person is not only costly, it can cause mental and emotional stress for all your employees. We often assume our best managers will also be our best interviewers. While they may know the skills needed for the job role; they often don't know the best techniques and strategies to determine which candidates are the best fit for your company. With a little training, guidance and practice, any hiring manager can be the “expert” interviewer you expect them to be. Whether you are an experienced or novice interviewer, you will learn key strategies to conduct your next interview!


 PART 2 - Building on knowledge from Interviewing Part 1 (a prerequisite course), this hands-on workshop uses your company’s real-world job descriptions to build a library of appropriate interview questions based on the required knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) for performance.   Participants must bring a list of questions currently being used during interviewing, and the characteristics and competencies of their good performers.  A competency list is in the materials from Interviewing Part 1.  For examples of tasks and knowledge skills for electricians, plumbers, helpers, etc., visit www.onetonline.org.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify what questions to ask and what questions NOT to ask during an interview.
  2. Avoid legal pitfalls.
  3. Create a matrix to objectively evaluate and compare a candidate's responses.
  4. Implement an effective strategy for documenting the interview process.
  5. Confidently make a decision to hire the right candidate.

This course is appropriate for human resource personnel, recruiters, and company employees who interview skilled tradecraft, office workers, project managers or union hall members interviewing to fill positions or apprentice program selection.


Loretta Summers is President of the Summers Advisory Group, Inc. a firm specializing in Human Resources Training, Consulting and Mediation. She enjoys working with clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, telecommunications, government and nonprofit.  Loretta is also an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College, Ottawa University, Baker University and Benedictine College. 

Loretta holds a Masters in Business Administration from Memphis University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Office Administration from Indiana State University.  She is a certified mediator, trainer, executive coach and consultant. She is also a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).