SMBs in Scotland urged to invest in better vetting practices
The majority of people believe LinkedIn profiles are fabricated to some extent, which has resulted in recruiters affording them a great deal of mistrust.
Over the past few years, LinkedIn has become the ‘go-to’ site for recruiters and employers wishing to find new talent or obtain more details about an applicant. However, it appears that the value of the information held on the professional networking site is not as great as first thought.
Research carried out on behalf of Norrie Johnston Recruitment discovered that just eight per cent of HR heads believe a profile is wholly genuine, hrgrapevine.com writes. At the other end of the scale, almost a third of the respondents said they felt profiles were less truthful than the traditional CV.
One of the reasons for this mistrust included reciprocal ‘I’ll-rate-you-if-you-rate-me’ endorsements; 47 per cent said they thought such ‘accolades’ were unreliable. The suggestion of inaccuracy emphasises the importance of carrying out proper pre-employment screening – a CV and a LinkedIn profile combined does not come close to going into the kind of depth that third party vetting processes can.
Other findings from the study imply that LinkedIn’s days as a screening tool might be numbered. According to onrec.com, 25 per cent of those polled said that although the site presented them with a huge pool of prospective talent, wading through the volume of candidates took up far too much time.
Speaking about the results, Norrie Johnston said: “LinkedIn may offer many benefits but it simply cannot guarantee such a result. That’s not to say LinkedIn isn’t exerting a powerful influence, or that recruitment firms can afford to ignore how it has changed things – but LinkedIn isn’t a substitute.