So many surveys, so little time...
According to the annual EDGE survey of hiring managers conducted by Robert Half and CareerBuilder.com, the majority of respondents feel finding qualified applicants is getting more and more difficult.
In another indication of a tightening market, a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that employers are planning on hiring 17.4% more college graduates in '06-'07 than they did in '05-'06.
What tends to happen when talent is in short supply? Employers cut corners. They shortchange reference checks. They don't spend enough time defining the job or using job-related selection instruments. They're so desparate to get a body in the door that they take statements by candidates at face value.
Stay on your guard, employers! Labor market fluctuations don't change the need for us to be vigilent about good selection. The time and grief that results in a bad hire far outweighs any short-term gains in making a "quick and dirty" hire.