A new nationwide CareerBuilder study found that nearly 39 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent last year. Of those, 43 percent said they have found information that factored into their decision not to hire a candidate – such as provocative or inappropriate photos and discriminatory comments related to race, gender or religion or the like – while 19 percent said they have found information that influenced their decision to hire a candidate – such as evidence of great communications skills and a professional-looking profile.
The findings underscore the influence of social media when it comes to recruiting; however, it is important that hiring managers and human resources departments be careful in how they use the information obtained from social media and consider whether or not it is relevant to a candidate’s qualifications in order to avoid legal ramifications.
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