Canada: Hiring and Recruiting

Written by Carlos Boiani November 2013. Posted in Int. Skills, Recruiting

Canada: Hiring and Recruiting

Looking for a job might be a demanding and exhaustive activity, but when you do it in a place full of opportunities, it can be very rewarding as well. Canada is a country with a consistent and growing economy and with great education and development scores. It is one of the world's largest countries in terms of area, but has something peculiar: a population of only 35 million people. What is worse, the population is ageing and the young work force is not enough to fulfil all the job positions there are. Having all of that in mind, one might ask: how does the hiring and recruiting process work in such a complicated scenario? 

You might think that in a situation where there aren't enough qualified labourers for the positions that companies need to have filled, the few people who show up would get a job. It’s not that easy. It would cost more to rush and hire someone incapable of doing a job than to select the right candidate. This is why the recruiting process in Canada is detailed and precise.

In general, some characteristics are well regarded by the Canadians. Professionalism and confidence are certainly always welcomed. Show an interest in the company you are applying to, and remember that some preparation for the interview can always help. Depending on the position, a certain level of education (valid in Canada) might also be required. And of course, dressing appropriately for the position you are applying for is extremely essential.

During the preparation for the interview, it is recommended to know the company’s background and its profile and to think about why you would be a good addition to the business. You will also be asked to describe your own qualities and skills, as well as your flaws (being honest and trying not to kill all your chances). It is smart to think in advance about how your own characteristics can fit the job position you are applying for. This will certainly impress the interviewer and increase your chances. It is common for the interview to be held in a group, with your social skills also being discretely analysed.

What is changing (due to the smaller than necessary workforce) is that foreigners now also have good chances of being chosen for the job. The government often recruits staff from other countries, with the singularity that, in these case, some sort of higher education is necessary. More than that, from airplane tickets to homes have been offered to these international employees, as an incentive to move to Canada. Even though there have been some negative repercussions in the population (there is obviously also unemployment in Canada, as in any other country in the world), the government do not intend to stop bringing in expats. Many of these positions are in hospitals and infrastructure sectors which cannot stop working.

With a singular hiring and recruiting process, Canada has proved to be a country of great opportunities. An accurate choice of a candidate will make not only the company but also the employee satisfied and productive. Fill in your CV and try it yourself!