Personal Blogs as Candidate filtering tools

Posted on: September 15th, 2013

personal-Here at Bessire, we work with companies in many spheres across the globe. More and more recently, our searches for candidates, and company research take us to online sources, and one of the most telling can be a blog. While we stay pretty close to the recruiting “sidewalk” with our posts here, many individuals and companies too, have a tendency to use blogs as a place to share personal information, vent frustrations and otherwise exhibit parts of their personal lives! There is nothing inherently wrong with this, but it can be revealing. When you look at a personal blog as a part of a candidate recruitment process there are several things you should be looking for. Here from are four good ones!

  1. How’s their grammar and spelling? This one may be obvious, but it certainly shouldn’t be overlooked. When checking out a potential hire’s blog, determine how much attention they give to proper grammar and spelling, as this is a good indicator of their communication skills in general. Even if your position doesn’t necessarily require top-notch writing skills, these types of mistakes can indicate a lot about a person. If you’re seeing lots of typos or the dreaded misuse of “your” and “you’re,” it could indicate that your candidate isn’t very detail-oriented—or at the very least, they may have trouble crafting a grammatically correct email.

  1. Do they show genuine interest in your industry? Take a look at the types of content your candidate posts. Is it relevant to your industry? Do they offer genuine insight into things happening in your field? Do they pay attention to the news and current events in general? If your candidate shows a genuine interest in what your company is about, this is a good indicator that they’re engaged and willing to keep up with current industry news and trends. This also speaks to their willingness to focus on improving their professional skills and development overall.
  2. Do they have an audience? Take note of how many comments your candidate receives on their blog, and if their posts are shared throughout social media. While this type of information certainly shouldn’t have a huge sway over your perception of them, a solid online following can indicate the candidate is good at cultivating and maintaining relationships, which is a must in nearly any field or industry.
  3. Would they be a good fit for your company culture? A candidate’s personal blog can give you a window into their personality, which can help you to determine if the candidate would be a good fit for your company culture. Does their personality shine through in their posts? Do they exhibit a sense of humor? Are they inquisitive? Competent? Do they appear to be generally engaged with the world around them? While a resume can show specific experience and skills, a candidate’s blog provides a much more comprehensive way to determine if they exhibit the specific personal qualities you’re looking for in a new hire.

So, there you have it, some good things to think about! If you, or a company you know are looking for recruitment strategies, tools and services call us, for more from the team at blogging for jobs, visit this link!

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