Employers getting picky at hiring time

The right fit is becoming more important than a fast hire
By Ann Macaulay
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

Despite pressure to hire quickly in a tight labour market, HR departments are showing signs they won’t be rushed into hasty decisions.

“There’s still a very buoyant market, but people are more selective about hiring today,” says Denis St-Amour, president of the outplacement firm Drake Beam Morin-Canada Inc, adding that hiring activity peaked two years ago.

“It’s still a hot market, but the frenzy has gone. Some companies hired so many people so fast that they made a lot of mistakes. They hired people they normally wouldn’t have hired. They’re more selective now, they’re looking for people who have the potential to continue growing in the business,” he says.