The rationale and effectiveness of recruitment outsourcing
26 (50) However, this is also where job fairs come into play. Though job fairs are still a traditional method of recruitment, they still fall relevant for companies today. This allows those who are not available online or comfortable with applying through the internet, a chance to see what opportunities are there and to network in person. Recruitment is a personal business. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that you meet people directly that you have direct conversations, ideally face-to-face. No social media channel can replace that. (I2, 2014) Shorter application cycle; same recruitment process The common recruiting practices today have shortened the application cycle 3 but not the recruitment process. The interviewees pointed out that they use SM for networking and industry news mainly, and use career networks and HERE s corporate website for recruiting purposes. With the amount of CVs received, it is difficult to keep one particular profile in mind, which slows down the process on the recruiter s side just slightly. When asked how long it takes for the process to begin between the recruiter and the candidate, I1 said, There are a lot of dependencies on how quick the candidates get back to you. One of those is the current status of the company in the media; if recent bad news has arisen, candidates may be put off from responding to job ads and s. The second one was referred to as the nature of the position. This could be the seniority level or the level of need (availability to start, specific job skills). Other than these, you can say it takes around a week maximum before a candidate gets back to you SM hindering the chances of hire As the interview was split in to three different sections, for the ease of analysing, it was a direct hit to find out how the recruiters felt about SM and the hiring decision. It was asked of the interviewee if SM hinders the applicant s chances of being chosen. Each interviewee agreed that it has not ever hindered a candidate of their responsibility from being hired as they do not take time to check the profiles. When given the options about having drunken photos, racism or vocal political stances present; the responses were interesting. Both interviewees felt that candidates are expected to have a private life and drinking was not a crime. Neither would penalise a candidate for having drunken photos, 3 The author wishes to define the application cycle as the cycle in which a candidate proceeds through while applying for a job. This cycle starts from the reading of a job advertisement, to making application, finally to the decision making stage.