The impact of the Internet on Practices of Recruitment

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Evaluate the impact of the Internet on practices for recruitment and selection employed by firms.

(This sample essay has had paragraph numbers added to aid discussion. Essays would not normally have numbered paragraphs.)

1. The Internet has had a significant impact world-wide on recruitment practices within organisations of all sizes. In the area of selection, advances have been slower, but there are, nevertheless, some interesting on-line selection initiatives. These include automated filtering of applications, initial psychological testing of applicants and networking systems for selecting developing job specifications and for interviewing and selecting candidates. This essay will attempt to describe
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With KPMG, for example, the Human Resources staff were dealing with 35,000 paper applications a year, but decided to switch all their UK recruitment online from May 2001 to save time and printing costs (Carter, 2001).

7. However, despite the obvious impact the Internet has made on the recruitment process, there are a number of concerns and drawbacks to using this medium. These include the issue of relevance of the medium, confidentiality, the large numbers of applications generated, and the problems that job seekers find in navigating websites and communicating electronically with employers.

8. The first question recruiters need to ask themselves is ‘to what extent do members of the target recruitment group have access to the Internet?’ Despite increasing use of the Internet, there are still considerable numbers of people, particularly older adults, who do not have access to a personal computer either at work or in their homes. It is estimated, for example, that more than half the adults in West Yorkshire currently do not use the Internet, and that 27 per cent of businesses in the region do not use computers (LSC, 2001). It is clear that the Internet is a major source of recruiting administrative, IT related or senior and middle management staff from a wide geographical
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