Dec 10
Four Things to Look For When Hiring a Computer-Aided Designer (Plus One Extra Thing)

Four Things to Look For When Hiring a Computer-Aided Designer (Plus One Extra Thing)

Computer-aided design or CAD, makes use of software to help you create designs. This lends itself quite well to a lot of applications, which include 3D concept drawings for new products and building floor plans, among other things.

But since plenty of small businesses like yours don’t usually need these services all the time, it wouldn’t make sense to hire a full-time engineer, architect, or even a CAD designer. So, whether you’re only just starting to get your business off the ground or need a helping hand with occasional design needs, you might want to look into outsourcing your CAD requirements.

Okay, first things first. What skills should you look for when shortlisting your CAD candidates? Here’s a handful to start with:

1. Solid Math skills.

 1-Solid-Math-skills

You can’t have good design without the right Math grounding it. For instance, to create accurate 2D and 3D drafts, you’ll need precise distances and angles. Just about every aspect of design work, especially when it comes to CAD, involves Math.

A good CAD candidate won’t need to have a PhD in statistics or calculus, but they do need to have a solid grasp of the basics. If nothing else, they should be able to take accurate and precise measurements.

2. Creativity.

Creativity

On the flip side, there’s this. Whether you need your CAD candidate to make a 3D sketch of a new product or a floor plan, they need the ability to visualize either well.

Also, they should be able to come up with creative ideas and solutions, apart from executing your vision properly. Perhaps the best way to gauge this is to ask for samples of their past work. Alternatively, you can assign a quick task to them and then assess accordingly.

3. Software flexibility.

Software-flexibility

The difference between a regular drafter or designer and a CAD one lies in their software proficiency. There are several CAD programs out there, and your business might require a specific one or several. However, the key thing is that your candidates are proficient enough in the one/s you require.

Otherwise, they won’t be able to carry out the tasks you need them to.

4. A strong work ethic.

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Obviously, you need someone who can work independently. Apart from updates and the occasional consultation, the ideal candidate should be able to produce the desired results without much hand-holding.

Otherwise, what’s the point of outsourcing to a remote worker, right?

BONUS: A well-developed website, if they’ve got one.

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This reveals two things. One is that the candidate has enough technical skill to present themselves and their past projects online. Another is that they’re likely to have enough experience and a fairly sizeable portfolio of work to merit a website.

The former indicates skill, while the latter reveals work experience. Put together, those two make up more than half the battle.

Got a good idea of what you’d want your CAD to be like, but don’t know where to start looking? Remote Staff has got you covered.

Thanks to more than ten years of experience in the remote work industry, we’ve got a rich pool of talented Filipino CAD designers. Furthermore, we train and help onboard them beforehand so that they’re fully-equipped to work remotely with you in the most effective way possible.

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