Innocently looking up a blind date on social media to make sure he’s
not a serial killer compatible is a fairly common thing to do. But what does social media have to do with hiring, you ask? As new research shows, it can have quite an impact in terms of swaying an employer’s decision — positively or negatively — of whether to hire a candidate.
What happens online…stays online
What you may not have data on is the fact that many job candidates find themselves in a similar predicament. But instead of ending up in tabloid headlines, they risk losing out on their shot at employment as a direct or indirect result of what they post publicly on social media.
Burning questions you may be asking yourself
- How many employers look up candidates on social media?
- What do they find?
- How does it influence the hiring process?
- Are job seekers getting smarter about keeping their information private?
Now, you don’t have to wonder about or guess the answers.
We put together some of the most eye-opening findings of a recent CareerBuilder survey, and some of these will likely surprise you.
Tell us in the comments below or tweet at @CBforEmployers: Which of these findings surprised you? What do you think social media’s impact is on the hiring process?
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