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Questions needed for aptitude test
I think you hit on it Mark. Alledged skills. How do you weed out the lier. I don't have a problem with the young guy who comes in and wants to learn and states straight up that he doesn't know anything about this trade. He will most likely also be honest with you in other areas as well.
For those who come in and sell themselves as the all around heat tech, and expert on about everything, we take a walk to the shop boil room. Its surprising how many of these experts can't explain how a simple aquastat works.
If I suspect they are not being honest, they deserve to be shamed a little. Something as simple as pointing to an aquastat and ask how they test the cad cell. If he starts taking the cover off it, he most likely is not your man.
Have never done it yet, but maybe team up with a good friend, and have them be their first bad customer. Would find out if they are able to diffuse the situation, or just add fire to a flame. Of course they may never trust you again either.
If I feel a person is being honest with me, I can assume they will let me know where their weak points are over time.
Not knocking a written test. Would be a good thing. Just not sure exqctly what I would put on it.