It’s no secret that employers have keyed into social media to vet future employees. LinkedIn is the obvious professional route for checking out a prospective hire, while Facebook offers a more undercover way to get the lowdown on future staff. But the next trend in hiring tools seems to leaning towards the mobile variety, which offer the convenience of consolidating information and letting you view it when you're not at your desk.
Considering Apple’s recent announcement that 3 billion iPhone apps have been downloaded and the projection that PDAs will be the main way we access the Internet by 2020, it makes sense for you to check out some of the mobile recruiting options currently available.
Are you an iPhone-equipped employer on the go and seeking new hires? Here are a few apps to look into.
1. The Interviewer app ($14.99) breaks down the process of interviewing job candidates into three phases: before the interview, during the interview, and after the interview. It digs deeper into the job candidate through a variety of questions, lists of skills, and an assessment tool that determines the candidate’s qualifications and their compatibility with the job and the organization.
2. LinkedIn’s upgraded app (free) allows you to search for people you are preparing to interview, quickly find contact information, and send and receive invitations and messages.
3. AutoSearch Mobile ($4.99) gives recruiters (and sales people) aggregated access to prospective candidates and A-list leads with a one-stop shop model vs. hours wasted paging through the myriad of other sites. The searches target geographic regions around the world by filtering profiles and resumes via social networking sites. The application is priced at $4.99.
4. The Hire Syndicate (free) gives recruiters meta access by connecting them to networks of other trusted recruiters so that everyone can share placements and leads. The application uniquely uses real time and mobile recruiting technology.
5. Tweetie ($2.99) is great for recruiters who already keep a network of followers informed of opportunities and news, but who want more features like search saving and inline web-browsing. The automatic URL shortening is a great feature for listing and re-tweeting job posts.
All of these can be purchased in the Apple App store or in iTunes.