Recruiting employees is no easy task as there is no easy way of knowing who you are letting in through the doors of your business. While you can use a CV and an application letter to gain an insight, it doesn’t usually help you to decipher the personality attached to a prospective worker. You could look to the interview process for a bit of clarification, however, there are many persons who hide the less presentable aspects of themselves in the hope that they can get the job by doing so. While it is understood that people have responsibilities regardless of who they are, you also must consider the needs of the business during the recruiting process. This means that you need to do your best to select only the best candidates to ensure that the objectives of the job are completed well, which fits in to the objectives of the business.
One of the ways many companies investigate employee prospects is via their social media pages. This is a great way to get an idea of the person behind the corporate face as people are more relaxed in a social setting. The idea is not to discredit people for having fun, but to see if they are responsible in most, if not all areas of their lives. It is not guaranteed that you can find potential employees online. If you can, however, you can gain great insights, especially if you are able to find multiple profiles for a single person. Here are a couple of social networks you should consider when looking up prospective employees.
Facebook goes without saying as it currently stands as the number one social network and has comfortably held that spot for quite some time. Usually, if someone isn’t active on any other platform, a Facebook profile can be found. This is a great place to investigate as the idea of personal Facebook pages is very casual. Here, you can get an idea of the prospective employees’ interests, abilities, beliefs, etc. Facebook should be the first site you browse to with such searches.
While Twitter is also popular, the information you can get here is usually a bit less than that which can be acquired from Facebook in the wake of posts. This is because Twitter is intended to be fast paced and support quick posting. This means that posts you may deem relevant could be lost in the history of hundreds of these “quick posts”. Twitter is a great place to focus on people’s interests as the pages they follow are a great indication of this. You can also take notes of the hashtags of a few of their posts to get an idea of the discussions that they enjoy.
LinkedIn is a social network with a corporate feel and a corporate purpose. You are less likely to understand how someone functions in a social setting through LinkedIn. However, there is usually a broader version of a CV here. A LinkedIn page can accommodate certificates, skills, education history, job history, etc.
Instagram is an image/video social network owned by Facebook. This is where the concept of “A picture tells 1000 words” comes into play. Based on the type of pictures a user posts you can get a pretty good idea of the personality you’re dealing with. This is true regardless of if the person appears in the picture. Note that most people make their Instagram profiles private, which means you need to be “accepted” as a follower to see their content.
While social media is not likely to give you the full details on a prospective employee, it can provide you with useful insights to help make recruiting decisions. Assuming the person has one Social or more profiles, feel free to check out the platforms listed above.