Hiring field staff is one of the most important parts of a manager's job — especially in today's tough labor market. Getting the right people in the right jobs is so critical, it cannot be left to chance. Here's a method that one prominent remodeler in Maryland uses to help insure a qualified hire.

Request resumes. Whether responding to an ad or calling to inquire, potential employees are required to submit a resume.

Two lead carpenters review the resumes. Involving the field staff in the hiring process helps to not only get a good mechanic but one who fits with the staff, to build a strong team.

Applicants interview with the field staff. Once the two leads have selected potential employees, they set up interviews. At the end of the process, they make a recommendation to the production manager.

Applicants then interview with the production manager. The production manager interviews the person from a supervisory perspective. They use a predetermined set of questions.

The field staff and the production manager discuss the person's skills and personality profile to determine the best hire for the job. —Tim Faller, Field Training Services, www.leadcarpenter.com.