Hirers Increase Social Media Scrutiny of Recruits

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-22-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    51% of employers who research candidates on social media say they've found postings which have caused them to not hire a candidate, up from 43% last year.
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    41% of hirers say they've dismissed a candidate because they found posted information about the applicant's use of alcohol or drugs.
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    32% indicate that they've passed on a candidate due to postings which demonstrate poor communications skills.
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    28% say they've moved on to other applicants after seeing that a candidate posted discriminatory comments about race, gender, religion, etc.
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    24% say they've dismissed a contender because that applicant shared confidential information about previous employers.
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    21% say they've passed on a candidate because of an unprofessional screen name.
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    A hirer saw a photo of an arrest warrant for a candidate on a social media site.
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    A candidate revealed that a pig was his "closest friend" on one of his pages.
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    A contender was actively involved in a demonic cult.
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    A candidate posted pictures of what he described as Sasquatch.
 

CIOs and other managers are increasingly turning to social media to screen job candidates, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. In fact, 43 percent of employers use social networking sites to research potential hires, up from 36 percent two years ago, findings reveal. Another 45 percent are checking out possible fits by conducting a search via Google or another search engine. Clearly, professionals will put themselves "on display" online, and sometimes, the picture isn't pretty. So it's best to incorporate a thorough review of a contender's social media footprint before making a final decision. Interestingly enough, a number of workers are attempting to make it more difficult to do so, as 41 percent have their profile set to private, and 18 percent keep separate professional and personal profiles. Another 28 percent say they don't use social media. We've included some of the most common deal killers which companies have discovered via social media, as well as some of the more extreme—even outrageous—postings from candidates. Nearly 2,140 hiring managers and HR professionals and more than 3,020 workers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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