How to Review LinkedIn Job Applicants
Once you've posted your job listing on LinkedIn, you should expect to get some applicants for the position. Every time someone applies for that job, you’ll receive an e-mail from LinkedIn notifying you of their application.
In addition, LinkedIn records their application in the Applicants section of the Job Status window. Their application is easily accessible for your review in the Applicants section.
Roll your mouse over the Jobs link (on the top navigation bar) and then choose Manage Jobs from the drop-down menu that appears.
You should be taken to the Manage Jobs: Open Jobs window.
Click the Job Title of the job listing you want to review.
This brings up the Job Status page for the job listing. You should see the Applicants listed under the Overview statistics for the job listing.
Roll your mouse over an applicant’s line item to access the links for the applicant’s LinkedIn profile, resume, and cover letter; click the link associated with whatever you’d like to review.
If you scroll down the page, you can see all the applicants for the job listing.
Click the Find references link in an applicant’s summary line to do a reference check on that applicant.
To start a reference check for Kristie S., one of the applicants, you click the Find References link. LinkedIn displays all the positions in Kristie’s profile and highlights the common position between each result and Kristie in the search results. This will help you determine whether the person in the search result worked alongside the applicant.
Scroll through the search results and look for someone to approach to request a reference for your applicant. Preferably, you want someone who is only two or three degrees away from you because then you can use a first-degree connection to introduce yourself to this person and that might encourage the other person (who is two or three degrees away) to respond.
Click the name of a potential reference check and ask her for a recommendation of your applicant.
When you click the name in the search results, you’ll bring up the person’s profile. You can use InMail or an Introduction to send a message to this person and you can ask if she has worked with your applicant and whether they're willing to offer their own assessment of the person.
You can ask for additional recommendations by repeating Steps 4 and 5 and identifying other individuals who might be able to help. Because the first person you ask may not respond, you may want to contact additional people in the Search Results screen, in the hope that one person will respond in the necessary timeframe.