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04/12/13
Impact of Internet and Software on Promoting and Evaluating Candidates
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 6:36 pm

We are aware of major inroads of LinkedIn 1 2 3  and
Big Data in finding jobs and finding out about
ourselves and the companies we may wish to become
part of.  Online submissions are often screened using
Applicant Tracking Software ATS to search keyword
terms for sorting out the many resumes that hit their
inboxes.

Three tactics have been reported that I had not
seen before.  Please let me know if these are
beyond the idea stage, have some merit and are
being used.

COMPLETING ONLINE FORMS
Recently, the Economist contained a piece about
how big data and computers explored applicants’
responses, response times and consistency for
sorting candidates.  One anecdote cited a company
that asked:  Are you proficient with computers?
Y  or  N. 
Later is asked:  What doe Cntl-Z mean ?

TWITTER USE
While not everyone agrees or uses Twitter, Silverman
and Weber
believe some job seekers and employers
see this as an avenue in their job search and
recruitment.  The last line of the article may have some
merit for the cutting edge computer marketplace, as a
an “elevator pitch.”

PSYCHOMETRIC TESTS FOR LEADERS
Another Economist article cited the emergence
of talent-measurement-divisions of firms to
create psychometric tests for finding that
“needle in the haystack leader” from the pile
of applications.  One firm assesses the
“four leadership styles” [task-oriented,
participatory, socially engaging and ideal
engaging] of current leaders and matches
new candidates to their profiles.  The article
points out the negative of being able to
study for the test or “game the system.”

One Response to “Impact of Internet and Software on Promoting and Evaluating Candidates”

  1. site admin Says:


    From Louise Garver (Career Hub):
    Reverse chronological order
    Use keywords for the company and field throughout all documents
    Use specified format of the file .doc is common, but also .txt.

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