Googling Applicants During the Recruitment Process

Many organizations have very effective recruitment strategies, but those strategies are at times derailed by individuals in/outside the search committee via informal Google and social media searches and/or outreach to colleagues from a candidate’s place of employ.


Once feedback is introduced outside a candidate’s references, we have a professional duty to allow a candidate to respond when assessing their candidacy. These informal practices have moved some organizations towards closed search processes for senior level positions. Click here for a great article outlining the advantages and disadvantages to this practice from IRMA.com.

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