Learn from our expert guest blogger how she uses LinkedIn profiles to learn about her potential job candidates. See what she looks for and how you can improve your profile.
Dig Deep Into Profiles
I use LinkedIn to make sure I know as much as possible about a candidate for a job or a contract I’m looking to fill. I’ll go through every line of a LinkedIn profile as part of due diligence.
It’s a lot more than looking at the positions a person has held over the years. By looking at his network, you can see if a potential hire is insulated from anyone not in his field or company — not a good sign in most cases. I’m not necessarily looking for a huge number of connections, but I want to see a variety of job titles and company names.
I’ll also look at group activity and answers that a potential hire may have contributed. While not every LinkedIn user goes that far, you can tell very quickly who is a go-getter on the basis of how people use the site. You can also get a feel for how well a person really knows their stuff if they answer a lot of questions on the site.
How have you used LinkedIn to find an employee?