Debate: Can a business connection site be more valuable then a resume?

According to some bloggers, the suggestion has been made that using business connections sites is more accurate then resumes, since a candidate is not as likely to lie on an online service where many friends and colleagues may see it.

Looking at business connection sites during the recruiting or selection stage can certainly be another tool for HR or recruiting to try to differentiate a large group of candidates and whittle it down to a smaller group. Even then, there are significant issues to keep in mind, such as the potential for discrimination. In addition, if a person lies on a social networking site, there is no direct consequences. These sites do not contain a comment area where others can disagree, or to warn employers that qualifications are overstated. In addition, colleagues may not even know that an applicant has lied. If an applicant has listed a certificate or educational accomplishment that is not true, exactly how are colleagues suppose to knew that, much less bring it to anyone’s attention.

In addition, the suggestion without metrics that people do not lie on a social network site because others will view it will likely be much of a defense in court if a firm hires a fibber, and it turns out a background check costing a few dollars would have revealed it.

The bottom-line once again: There is nothing as effective as actual verification of a candidate’s claimed experience.

For more information on the use of social newtwork sites and employment, see: http://www.esrcheck.com/articles/Caution-Using-Search-Engines-MySpace-or-Facebook-for-Hiring-Decisions-May-Be-Hazardous-to-Your-Business.php