SEOUL, Korea, Sep 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Lately the hiring practice of major corporations in the private and public sector is shifting toward evaluating the applicant’s comprehensive abilities including aptitude, attitude, character, and relationship, away from simple appraisal based on test scores and a list of manufactured experiences. For example, Small and Medium Business Corp. and Korea South East Power Co. recently hired a group of new college graduates entirely through social networking services from application to screening and character assessment.
Other companies and government agencies will follow suit, including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, SK Telecom, and KT announcing their intentions to hire new people by means of social networking services, complemented by audition-type in-person interviews. Other companies such as Hyundai Motor rely on “casting on the spot,” the practice of hiring people whom the hiring officers meet on the street.
The reason for a flood of these inventive ways of hiring stems from dissatisfaction with the quality of new hires selected through conventional employment practices focusing on GPAs, English test scores, foreign study experience, and internship track record.
In order to keep up to date with the trend, JobKorea, Korea’s largest job portal, announced that it would launch in October a new service for employers and job seekers “Welldone.to,” a social networking-based platform in which users can create their own profile in a highly detailed way that hiring officers will find useful.
For example, the service allows the user to search for information on “what kind of training courses do office workers in their job experience of more than five years take most often?” or “what performances can you expect from assistant manager-level employees in the food service industry?” In addition, hiring managers can search Wellone.to for an applicant’s profile and look up her relationships with friends and her reputation among them.