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Tips and Tricks for Hiring: Prevent Trouble from the Outset

By Angela Tenisci (posts)

Crafting effective hiring strategies is paramount for businesses aiming to recruit top talent, foster a productive workforce, and prevent litigation and disputes from the outset. Here are some best practices to consider when developing your hiring approach.


Define Clear Job Requirements

Begin by clearly outlining the role’s responsibilities, required skills, and qualifications. This ensures that both recruiters and candidates have a solid understanding of what is expected. Further, ensure you are abiding by the provincial Pay Transparency Act and posting the expected salary or wage range of the position.

Use Multiple Sourcing Channels & Abide by Privacy Laws

Relying solely on one method of recruitment limits your candidate pool. Utilize a variety of reputable channels such as job boards, social media platforms, employee referrals, and networking events to reach a diverse range of candidates. Remember that British Columbia has privacy legislation, including the Personal Information Protection Act (for private organizations) and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (for public bodies), which governs the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information. You must obtain consent from job applicants before collecting their personal information and handle it in accordance with privacy laws.

Implement Structured Interviews

Structured interviews, with predetermined questions and evaluation criteria, help maintain consistency and fairness throughout the hiring process. This approach enables better comparison of candidates and reduces the influence of biases or perceived discrimination (see #6 below).

Assess Cultural Fit

Look beyond technical skills and evaluate candidates’ alignment with your company’s values, culture, and long-term goals. Hiring individuals who align with your company’s visions bring cohesion and reduces turnover. It is also a good reminder to first look within your organization’s current workforce to promote or lateral from within for certain job openings. You already know if a current employee is a good fit with the organization.

Prioritize Candidate Experience

Create a positive candidate experience from initial contact through onboarding, regardless of the outcome. Clear communication, timely feedback, and a respectful approach leave candidates with a favorable impression of your organization, even if they aren’t ultimately hired. A potential candidate may be a potential client and will likely speak to others about their experience applying to your organization.

Encourage Diversity and Inclusion

Actively seek out diverse candidates and create an inclusive hiring environment. Diverse teams bring varied perspectives and ideas, driving innovation and better decision-making. Further, British Columbia’s Human Rights Code (the “Code”) prohibits discrimination in employment based on protected grounds such as race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, political belief, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age. For instance, an advertisement in connection with employment that expresses a limitation or preference of a protected ground is grounds for discrimination under the Code unless the limitation is based on a good faith occupational requirement. Ensure your hiring practices promote equality and do not discriminate against any individual or group.

Continuously Evaluate and Adapt

Regularly review your hiring strategies ensuring they are lawful while also analyzing metrics such as time-to-fill, candidate quality, and retention rates. Adjust your approach based on insights gained and evolving business needs.


By implementing these best practices, organizations can enhance their hiring processes, attract top talent, and ensure they stay on the right side of the legislative requirements. Prevent trouble for your organization from the outset.

As always, our workplace team is here to help! If you have a question, please reach out to workplacelaw@fultonco.com.

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