What do the Kardashians, the royal family and Justin Bieber have in common, besides luxurious lives and stockpiles of money? They’d have to look up “privacy” in a dictionary to know what it means. But for others who choose to make a living outside of the limelight and wish to keep a lower profile, things just got a little trickier as Facebook changed its privacy settings to allow anyone with a pulse — and an Internet connection — to find you. And for you to find candidates.
Earlier this year, a CareerBuilder survey found that 2 in 5 employers use social media to screen candidates, up slightly from last year. Of these individuals, 43 percent said they found incriminating evidence — inappropriate pictures or discriminatory comments — that contributed to their decision NOT to hire a candidate.
So, as job seekers everywhere scramble to wipe their online indiscretions clean, you have to wonder just how far you, as an employer or a recruiter, can go to get the inside scoop on what a candidate is really like – especially as some of these privacy boundaries are slowly being blurred. While the level of freedom you have to encroach on potential candidates’ space seemingly increases, it’s still incumbent upon you to use your professional discernment and do your homework when it comes to what is and isn’t acceptable.
Do you ‘like’ Facebook’s privacy settings change?
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