45% of HR respondents said they screen potential job candidates by checking profiles on social media sites

A recent survey of companies found that 45% of HR respondents said they screen potential job candidates by perusing their profiles on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter in search of warning signs that a candidate might not be a good fit.

Among the most common reasons cited are:
– Candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information (53%)
– Candidate posted content about them drinking or using drugs (44%)
– Candidate bad-mouthed their previous employer, co-workers or clients (35%)
– Candidate showed poor communication skills (29%)
– Candidate made discriminatory comments (26%)
– Candidate lied about qualifications (24%)
– Candidate shared confidential or disparaging information from or about a previous employer (20%)

Cleard.life comment: Sounds like social media screening is trying to add a character assessment before the job offer … what is the person really like.  If you need a suitability assessment qualification, based on Attorney General’s personnel security guidelines, not just gut feel, of which 440,000 people already hold, then we might have the answer.  Is your hire: Honest, Trustworthy, Tolerant, Mature, Loyal, Resilient?

hat tip: https://www.linkedin.com/in/penelope-twemlow-40012246/

Read more: Is Ignoring a Candidate’s Digital Footprint Negligent Hiring?

Preemployment ‘Best Practice Guide’ for Social Media Screening.