Nalkesen, Ezgi (2012) The Impact of Social Networks on the Selection Phase of Recruitment. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
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The Internet is the biggest invention of the 20th century. The existence and the immense usage of the Internet gave rise to social networks. Today, social networks are an important engagement tool between people all around the world. These online websites have an important impact on every aspect of peoples’ lives from social life to businesses to even politics. In the recent years, the effects of social networks have touched the recruitment process. Recruiting through social networks is very popular today and it is called “social recruiting”. It is practiced since the mid-1990s however social recruiting only has become a common practice since the past few years. This research is aimed to explore the impact of social networks have on the selection phase of the recruitment process.
The objectives of this study cover the actions of recruiters and jobseekers take in social recruiting. It is common now to search and reach to candidates or to new job opportunities on the internet, however, is having your profile viewed during the recruitment process ethical? Do recruiters really rely on social networks, and do companies have online presence? What are the good and bad sides of using social networks? All these facts and actions taken by HR professionals and candidates will be researched and explored in this study.
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