In the debate about whether to search for candidates online before they’re hired, here’s another reason hiring managers may consider doing so:
Candidates are often more honest in their LinkedIn profiles than in the resumes they send employers.
At least that’s what LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said at the Social Recruiting Summit held recently at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA.
His reasoning: Resumes are read only by a few people in a company, who know nothing about the candidate. On the other hand, candidates might have hundreds of LinkedIn connections, and in theory, know or have worked with all of them.
Reid’s point: It’s pretty hard to lie publicly in front of current or former colleagues.
Of course, LinkedIn profiles aren’t really replacements for resumes — most users don’t put the same detail into a profile, and there aren’t many versions tailored to different types of positions.
But some experts recommend finding a candidate’s profile to quickly make sure it matches the info the candidate sent to you.