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Social Media and Getting A Job – Does It Affect You?

Social Media and Getting A Job – Does It Affect You?

Can social media affect you getting a job? While your privacy settings can filter much of your profile information, please take a minute to review statistics from a recent survey conducted by Reppler (a social media monitoring service – 300 companies surveyed).

First off, 91% of employers use social networking sites to screen prospective employee; 76% using Facebook during the hiring process and 69% of companies say they have rejected a job candidate because of something they saw on social media.

Of the companies that have rejected candidates using social media screening, these are the reasons why:

  • 13% – candidates lied about their qualifications
  • 11% – posted inappropriate photos
  • 11% – posted inappropriate comments
  • 11% – demonstrated poor communications skills
  • 10% – made discriminatory comments
  • 10% – posted content indicating drug use
  • 9% – posted content about drinking alcohol
  • 7% – posted confidential information about an employer
  • 7% – have never rejected a candidate because of something they discovered on social media

Why did these companies choose to hire a candidate because of something they saw on social media?

  • 39% – gave a positive impression of their personality and fit
  • 36% – profile supported their professional qualifications
  • 36% – profile showed candidate was creative
  • 34% – had good references posted by others
  • 33% – showed solid communication skills
  • 33% – profile showed candidate was well-rounded
  • 24% – candidate received awards and accolades
  • 18% – never hired a candidate because of social media content

During which phase of the hiring process do you look at social media sites to screen prospective employees?

  • 47% – right after receiving an application
  • 27% – after an initial conversation
  • 15% – after an in-depth conversation
  • 7% – I don’t use those sites to screen
  • 4% – right before an offer is extended

Employer note: social media should never be used in your final employment decision, however it can be assumed to be an extended resume; providing a deeper understanding for a potential candidate. Keep in mind, best practice may include giving a candidate a ‘heads up’ that you will be reviewing publicly posted social media accounts. Please visit us again next week to learn more on social media and employment law.