It was claimed recently by a ‘guru’ apparently in the know, that all recruiters would be using Klout shortly to decide if you would even get an interview when looking for a job.
Now, not really being one to listen to self proclaimed gurus, and being of an inquisitive (and some say cynical) nature, I decided to look into this more.
First stop was a quick email to the UK Head of Recruitment for a well known Social Media network. Did she take Klout scores into consideration when shortlisting interviewers?
“You must be f***ing joking” was her short but succinct reply.
I asked for some help from my network – were recruiters really using something as easily gamed as Klout in their hiring process? Various responses came in:
Social Media Company owner @BWOps went a step further: “I had some one apply for a job and push their Klout, and I told them that it was the least impressive thing they could do. Assuming you believe in Klout,if your klout is High, why are you applying for a job, and if it is low why would I hire you.”
Another email in from the head of recruitment at a well known US based company: “I must confess I have never heard of Klout I am afraid. I am now googling it to see what it is. Sorry! I have never been asked for it.”
Back to Twitter and @graemefraser who hits the nail on the head when he asks: “Do recruiters do that? Surely there’s not enough context or sentiment in the klout measurement.”
@pauleencraknell isn’t a big fan either: “I certainly would not use it to score my candidates for interview, not sure why any recruiter would.”
I waited in vain for the positive replies to come in – and I’m still waiting.
My thoughts are that no recruiter in their right mind would use something as basic as a Klout score to judge whether someone is capable of doing a job, not even in Social Media itself. And while I do agree that more and more recruiters and HR people will use Twitter, Facebook and more to try and find out about potential candidates, I’ll stick my neck out and saying that only giving interviews to people with ‘decent’ Klout scores (when last time I looked even Mark Zuckerberg only had a score of 45!) is asking for ridicule.
Now, over to you lot Are you a recruiter or someone in charge of hiring people? Have you heard of Klout (I’ve deliberately not explained what it is in this blog)? Are you using it as a part of your shortlisting or hiring process? I’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What Is Your Influence? (momblognetwork.com)
- The Klout Score, a Way to Measure Online Influence (inc.com)
- I calculated my Klout Score and all I got was a chip on my shoulder (techvibes.com)
- Can Klout Actually Measure Real-Life Clout? (TCTV) (techcrunch.com)
- Klout Scores! How They Influenced Their Way to $8.5 Million in Funding (soshable.com)