Hiring new employees is a difficult task. You need to make judgments on job applicants you’ve never met before and figure out if they are right for your company. Usually, there isn’t much time to learn all the information you need to know. That’s why it’s pretty these days common for hiring managers to snoop around your social media sites to learn more information about you.
According to this study conducted by CareerBuilder, 12% of hiring managers look at job candidates’ social media pages to find reasons to NOT hire them.
Why? They want to uncover things about the candidate that they may not have learned during the interview process. The survey said that 65% of the hiring managers who practiced this hiring approach were looking to see if candidates presented themselves in a professional manor on their personal social media profiles. More than half of the hiring managers claimed that they did it to see if the applicant would be a good fit for the company culture.
These reasons seem legitimate, however, what if a recent college graduate wasn’t hired simply because he was unknowingly tagged in drunken pictures from a private house party? What if your Twitter account got hacked? What if you are a perfect fit for the job but the hiring manager decided you weren’t a “good fit” based on what your friends post on your Facebook wall?
What do you think? Is this a fair practice? Or is this going too far?
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