There has been a lot of talk and debate recently about just how much weight companies put on social media when considering candidates for their open positions—specifically, how much companies are using social media to SCREEN potential hires.
Well, thanks to a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder, we have a better idea of the situation.
The nationwide survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive from February 9 to March 2, included more than 2,300 hiring managers and human resource professionals across all industries and company sizes. The results of that survey revealed a great many things. Two of those things are as follows:
This should provide a wake-up call for candidates, if they’re not already awake when it comes to how their Internet presence affects their career. That’s especially the case if you look at the reasons that respondents gave as to why they screened a candidate out because of what they found on social media:
What do you think? Are these good reasons to disqualify a candidate? Should hiring managers use social media sites like Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter to screen candidates? Do your clients use this technique? Do YOU use this technique?
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(Matt Deutsch, the Communications Coordinator at Top Echelon, is a regular contributor to the Top Echelon Recruiter Training Blog.)
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