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.