Rambling Recruiter

“Should companies also post anonymous reviews of candidates just like candidates do on Glassdoor?”

I am sure the moment you might have read the title of the blog post, you would have said @#$$#@#$$#@##$@$$#@$!!! Ooops Typo Error : ) It’s not your fault. The moment we hear about “Reviews” all we can think about is negative reviews. But reviews could be either positive or negative.

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a panel discussion that was conducted by Rezoomex around this topic. At first I too was taken aback by the topic, but then I did settle down and started to do research about this topic. The 1st thing that I did was to ask this question to my hiring community and candidates in my network. The reason was to know their views as it helps you to understand the pulse of the audience.

Candidate reviews can be a very sensitive topic. There could be many reasons why a candidate chooses not to join your company; post accepting your offer. At times candidate joins, but does not come to office post that. But let’s for a minute imagine if companies go ahead and share reviews online, how it will actually happen. Here is one of the ways in which this can be possible: 

Probable Solution:

118 of the IT & BPO companies present in India are already members of NSR. Web registration for IT professional has been completed for over 1.1 Mn IT work forces. Bio metric registration has been completed for over 0.73 Million IT professionals. Total numbers of Employee Background Checking Companies are 17 and NSR today has 126 POS deployed across various IT centric locations

So, can this be done? Can there be an independent agency who can go ahead and start providing “Candidate Rating” just like we have credit rating? Do you think this will help HR and Business? Do you think a central database of defaulters help reduce cost of wrong hiring?

A lot depends on how this framework is designed, on what parameters can this agency decide on candidate ratings! Will candidates get worried about this rating? How much weightage must be given to such rating? Well, this is an endless debate, but do you think this is possible in the near future?

 As promised, following is the results of the survey that was done around this topic.

I will leave it to you to decide if this is possible. PS: At the end of the day, we are all candidates, so think well before you pick sides


Rambling Recruiter


By ramblingrecruiter

A student of Social Media, Social Hiring, Employer Branding and Employee Branding.

3 replies on ““Should companies also post anonymous reviews of candidates just like candidates do on Glassdoor?””

Very interesting topic @kunjal23! I am of the opinion that it would be a great yardstick to measure. Going by the more familiar measure in our professional life, a CRISIL rating outlook indicates the direction in which a rating may move over a medium-term horizon-and they rate companies across a spectrum from AAA to D. It is upto the customer to decide her/his ability to take risk -combined with the gut feel- to take a business call.

Or for another perspective, the DRS that our Indian cricketers havent really come to grips with, even as we write ( where as Aussies have had the advantage of longer ‘experience’.) While it in the shortrun, umpires may feel shortchanged-it just becomes another measure -to ensure a level playing ground.

I would feel it is worth even having a ‘non-anonymous’ review -for the credibility part. An extension of the freemium model we see all around. Folks who pay a premium get more insights :)!

Do we really think because of this candidate drop outs will go down? Offer acceptance has no legal binding to a candidate – it is merely an offer just like a company can revoke the offer. This is very different to credit ratings where it is a legal binding to pay back. The carrot and stick approach won’t work in candidate driven market – engagement, branding & right pay is the only possible solution whether we like it or not. Over and out 🙂

That is a good point. May be the same thing also did apply when Glassdoor came in. But I guess companies did benefit and did get key insights from the reviews. Let’s see what’s in store in candidate reviews space. Exciting times ahead for Sure 👍

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