Over the years, the process of recruiting has radically evolved. Back in the day, there were a couple of dedicated newspapers that would target audiences looking for jobs. That was it! If your dream job didn’t appear for months, there was no hope. If you decided to apply, either the experience or qualifications were good enough for that specific position or you worked your way in somehow as you probably know, there was not much in terms of background checking back then. You would wait as you twiddled your thumbs, until finally – a job posting you’d been waiting for appeared! Oh, how the times have changed.
Nowadays, most people go online to find a job. Networking platforms such as LinkedIn have taken the business world by storm. Companies can connect with potential employees in seconds, while word about an open position spreads like wildfire (or like a cat video on Youtube). LinkedIn is an app being used to poach employees by making contact with people who might not even be looking for a job. This new way of recruiting employees has proven to be incredibly successful, despite the fact that essential background checks are not completed on potential candidates in the LinkedIn app. On the one hand companies search for potential candidates at their own leisure, having the opportunity to browse through people’s profiles and view their credentials, while on the other hand the candidate feels flattered to receive interest from companies without having to approach them. LinkedIn has, in essence, revolutionised the networking world, by successfully ‘linking’ thousands of people. It has become the platform upon which most businesses choose to find employees today.
The problem arises when the quality of the people applying for jobs does not match the standard the company requires.
Companies need to be aware of the type of people taking an interest in their business. If you find that you are attracting the wrong type of people, you may need to reconsider the way in which you are portraying your brand, advertising your available positions or consider developing a process to verify potential candidates.
It is crucial for businesses to be aware of people with negative character traits. Hiring the wrong person can lead to even more frustration as you restart the entire process, not to mention the inevitable loss of money the company endures.