Whirlpool, or storm in a tea cup?

Thoughts By 8 years ago

With the phenomenal growth in social media and networking, the recruitment battleground has shifted from university campuses to the social networking sites of whirlpool, facebook and twitter. Gone are the days of face to face contact and now students are relying on posts and threads for information. Posts range from company and salary comparisons, determining the likely hood of success based on the number of candidates that have been contacted to cheat sheets for assessment tasks.

Now, I’m not really “with it” – after all I’m not even on facebook. But I find the idea that students seem comfortable relying on, and making decisions based on posts from random people named “Dettol”, “Battery” and “Da1nOnlySaviour” bemusing. I understand that news is considered old unless it is instant, but really – as a recruiter, I constantly fight against perception – that if your not contacted within 48 hours you have no chance, that the way to ‘beat’ the group exercise is to say three points and ask a team member what they think, and I sometimes feel like posting a response – I don’t – but sometimes I think do other recruiters?

Do other recruiters respond to posts like “which one of the big four is most reputable?” – I read the response to this thread, and the 14 that followed and had to log out. Yes recruiters create usernames and post responses. Yes it is a forum for public opinion. No it is not gospel.

  • emily

    Nice post nicole, I was reading something regarding this exact topic recently.

    As someone working in recruitment I would love to know if you think individuals are more likely to get a job using traditional forms of contact over social media. I touched on this in my blog ‘Finding the Dream Job using social media’ but from the perspective of a job seeker. Are employers more responsive to a phone call or face to face contact? Or do you think that with increasing use of social media in recruitment there is no room left for face to face contact and other more personal forms of commumication? Is it a waste of time?

  • Nicole

    Hey Emily, thanks for the comment!
    I think that it depends on the industry to be honest – I conduct bulk recruitment in the professional services industry and face to face contact is definitely a good way to stand out and make your self known to recruiters. When reading through thousands and thousands of applications – it becomes difficult to select candidates to progress to the next stage of the recruitment process however if you’ve met someone who has made a favourable impression your more likely to give them a go.

    There is definitely room for face to face contact – it enables recruiters to assess candidates ability to communicate with impact in a credible and persuasive manner as well as being able to gauge professional demeanour, verbal communication skills and the ever increasing importance of interpersonal skills. This is not always possible through phone calls, emails and the use of social media.