So I was just reading an article by Erica Swallow about how recruiters use social media to screen candidates. The article is more of an infograph than an article and it is packed with incredible detail. One of the strongest findings, recruiters who participated in this confidential survey shared that 69% of recruiters had ruled out candidates based on what they viewed on their social media sites. Conversely 68% of recruiters hired a candidate based on the profile or pages of a candidates social media presence.
Obviously this type of information is going to send lawyers and candidates everywhere in to an uproar, but wait a minute I am confused! I personally don’t search out candidates to see their activity on Facebook however I have searched for candidates on Facebook and LinkedIn and I post jobs on both. I also use LinkedIn to review a candidate.
I have put together a hypothetical thought. Here are some potential ramifications if recruiters are not supposed to use social media to make hiring decisions and stop:
- No more posting jobs on twitter, google+, LinkedIn, LI Groups, Facebook, etc…
- No more asking for recommendations from colleagues, former bosses, customers, etc… on LinkedIn because we won’t be looking at those
- re: #2 it will be back to company policy of dates of employment and title only
- Passive job seekers will have to go back to putting their resumes on CareerBuilder and Monster for their current employers to see
- Most people learn about openings from referrals and people in their “network” that they trust without social media our networks shrink considerably and so do the candidates
- We want to see that you have recommendations from former employers, colleagues, customers, etc…
- We want to make sure your resume and profile match
- We want to see that you have connections with a variety of professionals in your industry
- We want to see that you have joined groups in your field