I remember years back when getting a job would involve reading daily newspapers, listening to radio, watching televisions or going to job forums and career seminars held at town centres. That has drastically changed thanks to IT.
Information Technology has no doubt improved the way we interact and broken the barrier in a much dynamic way. Gone are the days when we would have to go through a lot of process to get things done( if we are lucky to do it well) to a time now that you can digitally edit, modify and reshape things to better suit your expectations.
Even though IT has helped improved the recruitment process, I have experienced some short comings which prompted me to write this article. I was recently asked about my IT recruitment experience and my response was "awful"
Below are some facts that I gathered
1. Lack of feedback in response to applications made online, companies don’t even meet the response times they have published for themselves.
2.When you chase you still don’t get a response
3. Some jobs remain online after they have been filled – used by recruitment agencies to attract candidates
4. Lack of knowledge of IT industry skills and roles amongst recruitment agency staff
4. Candidates feel like a commodity, not a person, just there to be used by recruiters to try and get a fee
5. It’s a numbers game, recruiters are not concerned about the candidates, or sometimes the client
6. Use of key word matching software, means recruiters could miss the best candidate; also means the wrong candidate can be selected just because they have the right key words in their CV
7.Examples of sharp practice – recruiters ask for referees before interview stage, and then use those contacts to sell their services, or recruit referees as candidates, or even undercut the current candidate’s salary or contract rate