Online Recruitment - UK Draft Code of Practice

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 7:30am Wednesday 23 February 2011

A draft British standard for online recruitment has been released. As per the document, the standard gives recommendations for online recruitment and is applicable to all methods of candidate attraction, screening, storage and selection using internet-based technology up to the point of acceptance of offer. The standard codifies good practice for delivery of online recruitment (direct or outsourced) and identifies the roles and responsibilities of those involved. The standard seeks to encourage increased transparency and improvement of the candidate experience.

Social media is increasingly being used by organizations to build communities with forums, groups and networking opportunities. Whilst one aim of these communities might be communicating with potential employees, by also offering information for jobseekers, it is networking rather than online recruitment and as such social media is not covered in this code of practice.

You can view the draft documentation here on the surface these pointers looks very basic, but how many of you are actually adhering to them. In the section recommendations for online recruitment practice and process, the website owner should have a process in place and delegate responsibility within the organization to ensure:
Pretty basic stuff.