A Safety Officer ensures your business complies with (office) health and safety regulations and continuously assesses the safety situation at your workplace. The Safety Officer not only responds to emergency situations when they happen, but actively implements policies and processes to minimise and prevent them from happening in the future.
When interviewing a Safety Officer candidate, you should see if they possess any of the following skills or characteristics:
- Extremely organised and structured in the way they work. Since the Safety Officer has to follow procedures and processes to the most miniscule detail, these are two of the most important skills for them to have.
- Great communication and presentation skills as the candidate will have to educate the rest of the team on any health and safety measures that have to be implemented.
- Ability to remain calm and follow protocols even during hectic, emergency situations.
Interviewing a Safety Officer
So you’ve invited a candidate for an initial interview. Time to question them on their experience and abilities to perform the job. But what should you ask them? What interview questions uncover the most useful answers?
Well, the ones you’ll find in this article, of course. We have created a list of useful Safety Officer interview questions and answers, and you can even download them as a PDF file!
But do bear in mind that these questions are meant to be asked early on in the interview process, ideally during the first interview.
How to open the job interview
We all know job interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking and stressful. This is especially true for the first interview, where the candidate doesn’t know you or your business that well yet. These nerves can really impact how well the candidate responds to questions during the interview, potentially resulting in them giving a bad impression.
To try and prevent this from happing, you should consider starting the conversation with an easy opening question or two. This way, the candidate can slowly settle into the interview, before having to answer tough questions.