IT recruiters can make the most of their time by performing a simple Google search at the beginning of the hiring process to weed out undesirable candidates. This can cut out the number of calls you have to make, interviews you need to schedule and also ensure that you find better candidates.
Here are some tips for how to go about screening candidates online:
- Perform a search: Google is a great first step. Trying searching using the candidate's full name and perhaps other identifying information. This can also be a great way to cross-check employment information listed on a resume.
- Look for patterns: It's important to review online data in a comprehensive way. You don't necessarily need to eliminate a candidate just because you found one picture of them drinking alcohol at a party. If, however, you uncover dozens of those kinds of images, you may be able to infer that they're not a great fit for certain roles. Similarly, studying Twitter or other sites can reveal a lot about a candidate's personality and how well they'll fit into an organization.
- Focus on the positives: While discussion is often focused on the negative things that can be found about job seekers, the internet can also be a great tool for uncovering their accomplishments and skills. If the candidate has a solid LinkedIn profile, an industry-relevant blog or website or is highlighted on a website for achievement or success, then these are all marks in their favor.
- Be consistent: Try to develop a system for how you screen candidates online so you're being fair about your research. Start each search with an open mind – don't bring biases into the situation.
While the internet can be a great tool for recruiters, keep in mind that it should only be part of a broader recruitment strategy. It definitely doesn't replace a phone call or a face-to-face meeting, but it can help you eliminate some candidates early on and give you more time to spend on those who are worth your effort.
SkillStorm is an award winning Technology Services company now hiring recruiters and technology professionals nationwide. Learn more about our career accelerating job opportunities and services in the area of technology consulting, project outsourcing, talent acquisition and onshore managed services.