I must be behind the times or just in denial.
I don't believe that so many employers are taking to the online streets of Facebook for pre-employment screening. I think they might be making it up just to look hip or as part of some kind of conspiracy for you all to remove that photo from that particular night out from your feed.
These are the reasons why FB is not where you should be looking to work out whether to hire a candidate.
- Public profiles are one thing, but If you're friend-ing people who have profiles only available to "friends" to "screen" a person, then you are a weird and spooky stalker type who should be forever banned from the interwebs. It's just plain wrong. If you have to use FB to check how they really feel about the last place they worked or to validate their communications skills, you definitely suck at recruiting.
- For me, Facebook is a place where you can curate an image that you want other people to see, if you wish - there are no guarantees that this curated image reflects the real person.
- It's common knowledge thanks to zillions of yawn inducing advice-blogs out there that you should carefully manage your online presence with privacy settings. Unless you are a Yak Farmer living in the Mongolian Steppes you would know about the privacy settings.
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