At the very least, most employers peek at a candidates’ social networking profile in the selection process. So what turns them off the most?
A recent CareerBuilder study found that over one-third (35%) of hiring managers found content on job seekers’ social networking sites that reflected poorly on them.
The most prevalent examples included:
- Provocative or inappropriate photos or info from job seekers (53%)
- Content about job seekers drinking or using drugs (44%)
- Bad-mouthing a previous company, co-workers or clients (35%)
- Poor communication skills (29%)
- Discriminatory comments by job seeker (26%)
- Falsifying qualifications (24%), and
- Confidential info from previous employer on a job seeker’s page (20%).
Despite the fact that an increasing number of employers are using social networking sites to check up on prospective employees, many feel the practice violates individuals’ privacy rights.
Readers, what do you think? Should employers base hiring decisions on what they see on candidates’ social-networking sites? Does your company? Let us know in the Comments section.