May 19, 2020

Using Social Media in Assessment & Selection

human resources
HR
HR recruitment
human resources Canada
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Using Social Media in Assessment & Selection

 

Written by Greg Moran, CEO, Chequed.com

If you’re in recruitment or HR, social media is probably one of the biggest topics in your office today. The truth is, when used correctly, social media can be a valuable candidate screening tool.

Here are four tips to consider when using social media to screen.

1.) Don’t break the law. Many are hesitant about using social media to find information about a candidate. However, candidates knowingly and publicly place personal information on the web. This information can often tell you a lot about a candidate’s overall job fit. Unfortunately, online profiles can also provide you with information that is not legal to obtain or consider for the purposes of your hiring process.  Information such as religion, sexual orientation, and health can be found unintentionally. Your treatment of that information is critical. Ignore it. Use only the job relevant information and don’t share the rest with anybody. Remember: the candidate shared it but you don’t have to.

2.) Explore new mediums. LinkedIn is arguably the largest recruitment and sourcing tool on Earth. While it should be an integral part of your hiring process, you should also be using other social media technologies as well. Consider Klout, Pinterest, Foursquare, GooglePlus, Facebook, and other networks when you are researching a candidate’s background. Consider how these tools may fit your strategy and give them a try.

3.) Don’t ignore the obvious. Social media is new, cool, and fun for many HR departments to explore. It is very easy to want to explore the latest, trendiest sites, but don’t ignore the oldest tool of them all: Google.  Recently, at an area company, a new hire was harassing another employee. This information was discovered by simply Googling the candidate’s name, as well as the fact that he had served time for a previous rape conviction.

4.) Link selection to sourcing. Most recruiters know that references can become future job candidates. Use social media to find out more about a candidate’s references, validate reference authenticity, and network to build relationships. (Tip: Automated reference checking tools can make this process easier.)

Social media is a great selection tool when used ethically. Just remember that it may not always be predictive. However, it may give you some valuable information about a candidate’s fit to your company.

About the Author

Greg Moran is CEO of Chequed.com, a Predictive Talent Selection software company. Follow him on twitter @CEOofChequed.

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

CDW
NASCAR
3 min
CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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