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A shortage of service technicians is among the top concerns at auto dealerships across the country, and one is taking a unique approach to solve the problem.

Automotive News reported that the Warren Henry Auto Group, headquartered in Miami, last month began holding job fairs promising to hire qualified technicians on the spot.

Instead of following the usual protocol that would take weeks to pick someone for a sorely needed job, the company brought its dealer principal, service director and human resources staff to the fair at Florida International University. It essentially amounted to a professional game of speed dating among dozens of candidates.

By the end of the day, the company had made verbal offers to five candidates, most of whom will start this week.

“We’re trying everything,” Barbara Exposito, Warren Henry’s human resources director, told Automotive News. “We have to make decisions pretty quickly, especially because of the need in the business.”

According to the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the industry is facing a shortage of 76,000 technicians each year through 2026. In addition, 30,000 per year will be retiring.

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