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LinkedIn is an amazing tool. In fact, as of August 2014, more than 313 million members have profile on the site, making it the world’s largest database of professionals. It’s a great way for companies to find information on candidates you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else.

However, LinkedIn shouldn’t be the only tool used to find people to fill open positions at your company. While this technique can be very effective, it’s just the first step in any good recruiter’s strategy.

4 Ways Recruiters Go Beyond LinkedIn

LinkedIn serves as an invaluable hiring resource. Recruiters frequently use it to search for top talent not necessary looking for a job, but interested in new opportunities if the right position presents itself. While this is certainly an effective way to find prospects, there’s much more to it. After targeting candidates on LinkedIn, recruiters take the following steps to find the best person for the job:

  1. Completes Thorough Screening Process: It’s important to make sure candidates are completely honest about their skills and experience. Recruiters call references, administer skills tests and make sure every bit of information on the person’s resume checks out.
  2. Asks Tough Interview Questions: Digging deep and asking challenging interview questions is a must when trying to determine if someone is right for a job at your company. Recruiters know the best questions to ask for every type of position, to see if the person has what it takes to make valuable contributions to your team.
  3. Gauges Cultural Fit: Not only do candidates need to have the necessary skills to shine at a job they also must to fit in with the company culture. However, many candidates look great on paper, but simply aren’t a good personality fit. A good recruiter takes the time to get to know your company culture, so they can ask the right questions and pick up on subtle cues from the person to gauge whether or not they’re a good fit.
  4. Addresses Compensation Package: You don’t want to go through the interview process and extend an offer to a candidate only to find that their salary expectations are triple what you budgeted for the position. Recruiters address topics like salary from the start, to ensure everyone is on the same page.

LinkedIn is a great place to start when searching for top talent to fill an open position at your company. Supplementing this information with the assistance of a recruiter is a smart way to ensure you hire the person who is the best overall fit for your organization.

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