HR and IT speaking different languages

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2003

Most HR people are not trained to be technical experts, and it’s driving a lot of technical people crazy.

Many IT professionals are being turned down for jobs they are qualified for, only because somebody from HR is doing the hiring and doesn’t realize the candidate is qualified, said Rob Gillies of PrimeTech Institute, a Toronto IT training school.

In many cases, when hiring IT professionals the HR department acts more like a purchasing department, armed with a wish list with unrealistic expectations, said Gillies.