Just like the old adage, You can’t judge a book by its cover, the same holds true for a potential candidate’s public profile.
Decisions to connect or not to connect should not be solely based upon a potential candidate’s public profile.As we look for talent to fill positions, the goal is to always identify, recruit and present the ideal candidates for each role. As part of the process many recruiters now have a habit of visiting a potential candidate’s public profile and making decisions based upon what they read. Not a good habit to get into since information can be out dated, not detailed enough or too detailed, thus resulting in a recruiter quickly eliminating potential talent. Having access to such internet information can be helpful, but I caution one against solely depending on it. Profiles as we know it are created by the “owner” and in many cases not validated. As we have come to find out, there are many who exaggerate their accomplishments, as well as their current and past responsibilities. And we only find this out when we connect. Not a waste of time, but we may have been fooled!A quick to judge decision could result in overlooking someone who could be the ideal candidate you failed to connect with, so please don’t be afraid to take a second look at professionals who appear to have a solid background and career history who may not be exactly on target.