On January 28, 2022, an Asian company approached us with a unique requirement for a Sr. Project Engineer. They were looking for a candidate with a solid engineering background and degree to build their new corn wet mill facility in North Dakota.
Jim Hipskind, our Division Manager for manufacturing/processing and engineering recruiting, built a list of 143 prospects, presented nine candidates within three weeks, but none met the company’s desired candidate.
The strict engineering requirement and remote location of the greenfield project made it challenging to find the ideal candidate. After another round of extensive research, Jim found a high school graduate with extensive practical experience building and operating a corn wet mill facility.
Jim believed the candidate’s perfect skills and background would outweigh the company’s strict college degree requirement. The company narrowed the pool to just two on-site interviews. Interestingly, the company chose and saw potential in the candidate with no college degree. Impressed, they made an offer on April 29th, just ten days after the initial interview. The successful candidate began work two weeks later.
This project was completed on budget to great satisfaction.