THE FUTURE IN HR RECRUITMENT IS HIGH TECH
Open your mouth, use a cotton bud to collect DNA from the inside of your cheeck and send it over to the Royal NIOZ. In a few weeks time we will let you know if your genes fit our organization - via email. Sounds like science fiction? Not to postdoc sales leadership Jan-Willem Bruijsten at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
Times in HR recruitment are changing. In NRC weekend, the Dutch quality newspaper, postdoc Jan-Willem Bruijsten (29) is the archetype of change, consciously choosing to take part in a DNA selection procedure at the Erasmus University. It makes us wonder: could it work at the Royal NIOZ? Would it fit a talented marine scientist to send in a smear of saliva, do some online tests and wait for the DNA to be sequenced in our excellent molecular lab facilities?
Rest assured, times are changing but not that rapidly. While we at the Royal NIOZ invest in incorporating new technological solutions, like online recruitment, these high tech DNA techniques in recruitment still remain an episode of Star Trek. Besides, the conversation is a conventional standard in any selection procedure at our organisation (preferably a non-Skype one). We like to look people in the face.
But it is a sign. LinkedIn, online recruitment by social media crawlers, peer-to-peer company reviews on the web-employer branding and recruitment are at the heart of things. Recruitment by DNA in this innovational context is another big step. It may open up new pathways to unexplored territories. Something that is in the genes of Royal NIOZ. So always expect the unexpected.
Your DNA as a CV? Read the newspaper article.