I read an interesting article over on Wired about a marketing executive who didn't get a job because his Klout score wasn't high enough.
I thought it was a peculiar article. Who would make a hiring decision based on one particular (and relatively unknown) social media tool? Dunno. I have a decent Klout score. Not because I try but because I am plugged in to many of the social media tools that Klout uses to measure influence.
My score highlights many of the areas that make sense. Like I am strongly influential in Human Resources. No brainer there. But then it gets (more than) a little odd. Moderate influence Social Media, Grand Rapids, Cameras, Photography ... and Batteries.
Batteries? Huh. I don't write (until now) about batteries. I don't even know that much about them except that they are necessary to power things I love - like my computer, my camera, and my smart phone.
Even funnier - but still part of my portfolio - are topics of influence including Oxford, College, Careers, Internet Startups, and (drum roll please) Zombies.
Yes Zombies. I have influence in Zombies.
I spend a good deal of my professional time hiring. Would I pass on a candidate who had a less than perfect Klout score? Not a chance.
Given my Klout score, I wonder what others might think as well. Unless I am looking for that battery-related, human resources Zombie expert who looks for photos or typos in Oxford. For the Red Wings. Then, I would say that I am really qualified.