By Julie Goh
Time management is an important skill that we would like all our employees to have. Time management skills refer to a person’s ability to effectively manage their time, prioritise tasks, and meet deadlines. But how can we know someone has a problem with time management without hiring that person? (This is something you might want to know when you are trying to decide which candidate to hire.)
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Social media usage can provide some insights into a candidate's time management skills in the following ways:-
- Frequency and Timing of Posts: If a candidate has a consistent pattern of posting on social media at specific times of the day or week, this may indicate that they are able to manage their time effectively and balance their personal and professional responsibilities. However, if a candidate seems to be posting frequently during work hours, this may raise questions about their ability to prioritise tasks and manage their time effectively.
- Type of Posts: The type of content a candidate posts on social media can also be an indicator of their time management skills. If a candidate is frequently posting about completing tasks, setting goals, or using time-management tools, this may suggest that they are intentional about managing their time effectively, and is keen on self-improvement.
- Response Time: How quickly a candidate responds to comments or messages on social media can also provide insight into their time management skills. If a candidate is consistently responding to messages and comments in a timely manner, this may suggest that they are able to manage their time effectively and prioritise their responsibilities. However, if the response time is almost immediate every time, then it is a clear indicator the candidate has a problem identifying their priorities.
- Overall Time Spent on Social Media: While social media usage in and of itself is not necessarily a sign of poor time management skills, if a candidate appears to be spending an excessive amount of time on social media during work hours or until late at night, this may raise concerns about their priorities in life and their sense of responsibility towards their job.
It's important to keep in mind that social media usage alone should not be the sole basis for evaluating a candidate's time management skills. However, by looking at patterns of behaviour and usage, social media can provide some insights into a candidate's ability to manage their time effectively.