Student analysis of the case study: The major issue facing Johnston is the decision to use social media as a primary tool for recruitment and selection of candidates. I think the fact that Johnston is 55 years old may play a role in her conservative views. I think her personal bias played a role in her decision making because she states the third applicant should have never been allowed into the program because of her behavior. This could be considered discriminatory behavior because she eliminates the applicant for reasons unrelated to the applicant’s knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the functions of the internship. Using social media to gain insightful information about candidates can be a useful tool, however, it is dangerous to use them as the primary factor in determining who is qualified for a respective position.
Case study questions/answers: 1. What lessons can you draw from this case regarding how students, employers, and faculty can use social media such as Facebook during the recruitment and selection process? 2. What policies, if any, should employers develop concerning the use of social media forvarious purposes, including employee recruitment and selection?
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