I recently read an interesting industry-relevant article entitled “10 Things the HR Department Won’t Tell You” by Kimberly Fusaro. The article consists of ten of the most effective ways to increase your chances of being hired as well as retaining your current employment. I feel that several of these points are simple and obvious to anyone with common sense. But as the saying goes, “common sense is not so common”, so I thought I would share and encourage discussion.
The first secret references a controversial topic for Human Resources professionals: the growing use of Internet-based background screening via review of social network profiles. As an alternative to relying solely on traditional background checks, some HR professionals are now conducting their own screening by first looking up their potential new hire on the Internet any searching social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. Once they have identified their applicant’s profile, they review photos, text and posts on the profile, looking for red flags. The article advises job seekers to remove any potentially damaging information from their profiles, such as references to violence, drug and alcohol abuse and racist/sexist comments and images. Is this fair to applicants? Should private, non-work related sites like Facebook be allowed as the basis for hiring decisions?
The second secret may come as a surprise to many; who knew arriving early to an interview is a bad thing? The author explains that applicants who arrive extremely early for a job interview lack consideration for the manager who is performing the interview and hurt their chances of being hired. The author recommends applicants arrive no earlier than fifteen minutes before the scheduled interview start time. This allows applicants to be on time and demonstrate their professionalism, but doesn’t require Human Resources to babysit them.
To learn more and review the eight other secrets kept by corporate HR, you can read the entire article here.