I am currently organising the interview process for four positions we have within our newspaper-a job I have to say I am not fond of because of the predictability of the answers given to the questions I have. However, for these vacancies I have already had some excellent candidates who have given some GREAT answers. One girl told me she is ‘hungry for a sale’ TICK, the same girl also told me she ‘would hit target’ TICK and a guy told me he would be ‘confident going in to businesses presenting’ TICK.
I switch off every time I hear ‘I’m good with people’ or ‘I love talking to people’- so droll and boring. I want to hang up there and then. Maybe that’s just me though. Even though I don’t like the process I have more often than not made good recruiting choices-the thing that sways me most in inviting the person in for an interview? A good natural two way conversation on the phone. You can’t script that and I always think that is what makes my team such a great bunch of people. They are individuals.
I’ve started babbling-back to the point of this blog. As I’m recruiting I’ve read that employers are ‘Googling’ their applicants as a screening process.
Can this really help you make up your mind? I’m about to find out:
Candidate one-female- CV-possibly one of the most uninteresting and sparse CV I’ve ever seen with a catch line that makes we want to crumple it straight in to the bin. A cocky one liner! So what did I find? A Twitter account full of posts containing swearing. Several posts saying how bored she is and lot’s of posts about love. I’m sorry to say it but the impression I get it of an immature teenager who swears constantly. Not the criteria I’m looking for at all for a position which requires a professional attitude and self motivation.
I’m starting to see how this works!
Candidate two-male-good CV-no relevant skills to the job I have but that’s not always a problem as some of the best people I’ve employed have had no sales experience. I’m laughing a bit as I find a photo of the candidate in a human sized baby grow!!!!!!!!! How could you keep a straight face after seeing this? General perception though is of a family man and your typical lad. Football, football and football.
Candidate three-male-It must be getting time for me to turn this computer off as the first photo I find is of the candidate lying in a paddling pool! What is it with these men?
Finally I just check one more and am presented on Facebook more chest than the British Diving team and then on Twitter a self proclamation of ‘I’m a bit of a c word) Wow maybe I’ve found my ideal candidate after all.
Whether you are a business or looking for a job people WILL Google you- the basic rule is that if you don’t want people to see it don’t post it or make sure your privacy settings are accurate.
To be honest I’ve seen enough grins at the camera on a night out to last me a night out and it got me wondering whether I’d have ever got the great job i’m in now if recruiters 12 years ago had seen the photo of me proudly holding a raw chicken for the world to see.
As privy to most of my sales teams Twitter and Facebook accounts I see on the whole a bunch of different characters- and they are the people that make going to work something to look forward to. Would I have employed most of them if i’d Googled them first? No! Would they have wanted to work for me if they’d have seen chicken-gate? No!
So I’m undecided about the whole Googling job applicants trend. I don’t think I see any real benefit just ways of making more assumptions but then again…………………………………………………………………is there any going back!!!
Awareness is no bad thing and I suggest you do your own research on what you online footprint says about you.
Have a good week-I hope you enjoyed this blog
Oh and before you Google me here’s a photo on one of my better days:
Have a great week