Major headhunting firms are always busy finding the best candidate for their client company. In doing so, they make the most impactful use of LinkedIn, which has become an effective tool for a close candidate search. However, while doing so, headhunting firms like us come across certain aspects which are a big ‘no no’. These can be listed as red flags. Let us tell you what it means.
What is a Red Flag?
As you would already know that the colour red is associated with danger. Similarly, a red flag metaphorically tags those drawbacks that could be detrimental to an organization or a person’s character, profession, approach, etc. Therefore, by avoiding the red flags on LinkedIn, we refer to those ‘DON’Ts’ that would signal the headhunting firm to prevent a particular candidate’s profile.
Top 5 Red Flags on LinkedIn
Whether it is one of the top headhunters in Germany or any other recruiting firm, look out for these red flags while surfing through candidates’ profiles on LinkedIn. You might just as well take help of these on conducting verifications of candidates on forums.
- Unimpressive profile details
‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’ Perhaps this epigram can quickly sum up what we are trying to express through this point. An impressive profile begins with a good and formal photo of the candidate. Since the profile photo is the ‘face’ of the profile, an unreliable or unprofessional image might be a big ‘thumbs down! Even if you venture forth, you must look at the candidate’s qualifying degrees. Check whether the degrees achieved and subjects studied are in sync with the jobs they have done so far. A strong LinkedIn profile will also reflect the candidate’s progress in their career, relevant job gaps, skills, talents, hobbies, references, and even achievements. Take note of each aspect, as these often tell a lot about the candidate as a person.
- Random connections
One of the primary reasons why renowned headhunting firms like Konfer Executive Group rely on LinkedIn is that we can check the list of connections on a particular profile. When we probe those profiles, we can understand if the candidate has been randomly adding contacts or has been severe about choosing whom they have been accepting. If most of the connections are from the same industry as the candidate, it makes sense that the candidate is trying to get noticed. However, in case most of the links seem fake or are from random industries, there is a vast standing chance that the candidate’s profile can be red-flagged.
- Unprofessional interactions
Now, suppose you have zeroed down on a particular profile on LinkedIn. What are you going to check after looking into the credentials? Of course, you would be interested in looking at the candidate’s interactions and other connections. An expert eye can detect unprofessional interactions through the choice of words used to comment on others or their posts. A candidate indulging in casual talks quite often is undoubtedly a red flag. It is wise to avoid going ahead with such a candidate because they might cause hindrances to your company with their unprofessional conversations or behavior.
- Unprofessional language
Top headhunters in Germany, like Konfer Executive Group, consider unprofessional language a glaring red flag. A candidate’s use of language, including words and expressions, to write a testimonial and comment on posts speaks volumes about them. When we come across well-written LinkedIn profiles, we tend to delve a little further and try to converse with the candidate on LinkedIn itself. This gives an estimate to trace the person’s psychology that helps us to understand the candidate’s need for a job change and others. When we know that the reasons for a job change are unsatisfactory or unjustified, we choose not to invest our time further.
- Misleading information
Even LinkedIn is not free from misleading information, but its strong information check is its saving grace. Believe it or not, even the most impressive candidate’s profile might trick you into believing what is not valid. So, in such situations, we put our best minds at task to get a thorough background verification done. Then, when we learn that the candidate has updated any misleading or wrong piece of information, we block the profile.
Therefore, with Konfer Executive Group, one of the most reliable headhunting firms, you can get a hold of the best and most genuine candidates. We never back out from working hard to give a list of candidates with the most reliable information and the best talents, skills, degrees, and experience. If you want to go ahead with a hiring contract, contact us now to avoid any delays on your end.