IT Management Slideshow: Social Media And Employee Recruitment: A Good Idea or A Waste of Time?

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 05-02-2012

Less Social Media

According to CareerBuilder, only 37 percent of respondents say they research job candidates on social-networking sites, down from 45 percent in 2009.

Less Social Media

Company Policy

That figure would be much higher -- by 15 percentage points, in fact -- if not for respondents saying that their respective companies prohibit using social media to screen would-be employees.

Company Policy

Looking Good

What do you look for on social networks? According to CareerBuilder, 65 percent of respondents want see how the candidate presents himself or herself.

Looking Good

Corporate Culture

Half of respondents said that they check social-media sites to see if would-be employees are "a good fit for the company culture."

Corporate Culture

Job Qualifications

About 45 percent of respondents say they use social networks to find out about a respective candidate's job qualifications.

Job Qualifications

Social Misfits

34 percent of respondents said that they've decided against hiring a person because of what they found on their social network profiles.

Social Misfits

Watch Those Posts

One out of every two respondents said that they've found "provocative/inappropriate" images or information on a person's social profile, causing them not to hire the person.

Watch Those Posts

(Un) Happy Hour

45 percent of respondents said that they didn't hire someone because their social media research turned up evidence of the person's use of drugs or alcohol.

(Un) Happy Hour

A Little Personal

Nearly 60 percent of respondents said that they look at a candidate's social network profiles to learn more about their personality.

A Little Personal

A Little Professional

55 percent of respondents say they head to social networks to see if a job candidate can convey "a professional image."

A Little Professional

Facebook Favored

Employers are most likely to use Facebook -- 65 percent of respondents confirm its use -- than any other social network for evaluating job candidates.

Facebook Favored

LinkedIn Close Second

63 percent of respondents say that they use LinkedIn to research candidates.

LinkedIn Close Second

Twitter? Not So Much

Only 16 percent of respondents say that they head over to Twitter to find out about a person.

Twitter? Not So Much