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Little Love Lost: Startups on Recruiting Through LinkedIn

Little Love Lost: Startups on Recruiting Through LinkedIn
From Recruiter - August 2, 2016

LinkedIn makes people look good on paper, but not in real life. -Karan Gupta, cofounder and CEO of Mammoth

Time and time again, employers and startups runinto this problem. A candidate seems great online, well qualified with applicable work experience. They boast about their language skills and have racked up dozens of endorsements. But how oftendoes this translate into a good employee? And how much effort did it take to identify, research, and connect with that candidate? Moreover, did you feel confident that you had been exposed to the right set of candidates? The wheat, per se, versus the chaff?

Using LinkedIn for recruiting may open you up to a broad range of candidates, but it also has its downsides. Founders we have interviewed here at Stacklist have a lot to say about the site and are deeply divided on whether it is a good use of resources and precious time.

LinkedIn: a Friendly Monolith

There is no doubt that LinkedIn is popularand valuable. Microsoft, completing whats to date its largest acquisition ever, purchased LinkedIn for $26.2 billion this past month.

With 255,000,000 estimated unique monthly users and more than 433,000,000 profiles, LinkedIn is one of the largest social networks in the world and certainly the largest professional platform.

The website is the most popular recruiting tool among startups, with nearly one out of every four founders citing LinkedIn as an important part of their recruiting stacklist. And thats with good reason. Pretty much everycandidate is going to have a presence on LinkedIn, and LinkedIn has worked hard to make searching for and vetting legitimate candidates manageable for employers:

- LinkedIn is a great resource for posting jobs andpublicizing company news and information.

- The website allows one to quickly filter out applicants who do not meet the needs of the company.

-Like all social nets worth their salt, LinkedIn provides validation and, likewise, points of reference by showing recruiters and candidates alike their shared friends and colleagues.

- The LinkedIn profile is a nice high-level view of a persons experience with the occasional recommendation to boot.

- Above all, LinkedIn allows recruiters to view a larger potential talent pool than was ever before available. However large and unwieldy (and yeah, were about to address that), LinkedIn represents unparalleled access to the employee market.

Quantity Wins at the Cost of Quality

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