Cannabis Companies Are Hiring at Blazing Speed – Are They Getting it Right?

April 20th, 2018

By Phil Frappier, Toronto Cannabis Recruiter 

The cannabis industry is on fire. New companies are emerging all the time. Companies are hiring at a blazing speed. But is the speed at which companies are hiring a potential detriment? Could you be hiring too quickly and overlooking the importance of finding candidates with the right cultural fit?

Now is the time to get your cannabis company culture right, from the ground up. Hiring the wrong people now could cause your company to go up in smoke before it really gets rolling. Competition is fierce for top talent, especially those with direct experience and who are a good fit for cannabis culture.

Here are some important things to keep in mind when hiring:

Keep Focused During This High Demand Phase

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Finding the right people is a must. You know this. But with so many potentially strong candidates from many other industries vying for jobs, it can be difficult to manage recruiting. Attracting so many candidates also means there will be a fair share of unqualified candidates or those who are not a strong cultural fit. Scrutinizing a high volume of candidates could cause you to miss a star talent.

Remain focused on having a strong sense of who you are looking for. Use pre-screening tools that will help you eliminate candidates without the right skills and experience.

Use recruiters who are willing to take the time to understand your specific culture and the type of people you want working for your organization.

Think Cultural Fit and Adaptability

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Finding the right cultural fit is key. You need to focus on candidates who connect with the industry in some sort of way. Candidates don’t necessarily need to have experience with cannabis. Most won’t. The question is how do you find people with a proven track record in such a nascent industry?

There is a large swath of transferable skills. The cannabis industry is at its core simply a production and distribution business. Look for candidates with adaptable skills in this area who also possess the right outlook attitude, values, and overall cultural fit.

Read More About the Cannabis Industry

Read more about the recruiting and hiring boom in the cannabis industry by reading these blog posts from our expert recruiters:

Are You a Cannabis Candidate? Key In-Demand Skills in the Booming Canadian Cannabis Industry

High Times Ahead – What You Need to Know About Hiring in the Canadian Cannabis Industry

Things to Look for When Hiring for Your Cannabis Business

 

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Phil Frappier

Phil is a VP of Client Services with a focus in Technology, Digital Media, Telecom, and Cannabis recruitment. With over 12 years of executive search and recruitment experience, he has successfully delivered on hundreds of senior level searches in these areas.