Posted by Taylor Siedlik
We all know by now that Twitter is the leading way of spreading new information quickly and efficiently for journalists. This is old news. Being Twitter savvy is not only expected of journalists, but an important aspect of our livelihood.
A story from USA Today has revealed that Twitter is now being used as an actual hiring process for some companies, doing away with the traditional resume and interview. How you conduct yourself through a few Tweets is now how hiring is solely done in a few forward thinking companies such as Enterasys Networks.
While this is all technologically great, the question that comes to my mind is what happens when Twitter is no longer the social media platform of choice? Myspace is in the catacombs of the Web. Facebook is losing its charm. With employers placing all their eggs in one basket by solely depending on Twitter for future employees, I can’t help but think this will all come back to bite them in the end.
Along with this, recent blunders on Twitter have left me wondering how great of an idea this is. How can this idea succeed if big shots like McDonalds and Burger King can’t even escape hackers? Not everybody on the web is who they say they are, and employers should be on the lookout for this.
Don’t get me wrong. I love all that Twitter has to offer for journalists in terms of receiving information that may have gotten lost along the way or not received at all. From a journalistic standpoint, how successful will this idea of a “Twitterview” be in terms of finding a suitable employee that meets the criteria? This is sure to be one aspect of the job market I’ll be keeping tabs on in the future.