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71 percent of Hiring Decision-Makers Agree Social Media is Effective for Screening Applicants

A new survey from The Harris Poll, commissioned by Express Employment Professionals, has indicated that 71 percent of hiring decision makers in the United States use social media as an effective way to screen applicants, with 70 percent believing that employers should screen this way. But Jan Riggins, general manager for two Express franchises in […]

The Dangers of DIY Social Media Screening

Social media profiles make it easy to do a bit of background research on a person, but using that information in a hiring decision could be considered discriminatory. Examples of this include race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, citizenship, pregnancy, age and, in some states, sexual orientation, weight, and marital status. Some states have […]

90% of Employers Consider an Applicant’s Social Media Activity During Hiring Process

According to The Manifest 2020 Recruitment Survey, 90 percent of employers find social media important when they evaluate candidates and 79 percent of HR professionals have denied a job to a candidate due to inappropriate content on social media. Almost 43 percent of HR professionals rely on Google to research job candidates and social media […]

The Smart Way to Consider a Candidate’s Social Media

Although it can be tempting to conduct social media screenings as part of the hiring process, a company could face legal repercussions for considering the “protected class” information that is readily available through Google and social media searches. Those wishing to add this solution to their screening process should consider the following: Compliance with the […]

Social Media Screening: A Friend or Foe?

Although the number of social medial users continues to rapidly grow, its use is having both a positive and negative impact on the international background screening industry. The digital footprint of an individual offers a wealth of information that can reveal a significant part of his or her character, a useful tool for those conducting […]

The Pitfalls of Social Media Checks and How to Avoid Them

According to CareerBuilder research, seven in 10 employers are using social networking websites to research applicants during the hiring process, and nearly half continue to monitor this way throughout employment. But conducting social media screening in-house presents employers with potential liabilities and opens the door to possible discrimination and data protection claims. It is important […]

9 things you should definitely do to get a more comprehensive view of your candidates before hiring?

Thinking about getting a more comprehensive view of your candidates before hiring? You probably have a few questions. Here are 9 things you should definitely think about before your hiring managers start Facebook stalking (Tip #4: Don’t let them do that). Read More

Stop Spying on Social Media

Although CareerBuilder’s 2018 social-media-recruitment survey revealed that 70 percent of respondents said they use social-networking sites to research job, LaKisha M. Kinsey-Sallis, an attorney at Fisher Phillips, said having information like race, age, religion, disability or other protected classification “opens the door for the argument that an employer made a decision motivated by unlawful reasons.” […]

More than Half of Employers Screen Candidates’ Social Media, Study Says

A new report by First Advantage has revealed that sixty percent of employers say they always screen potential hires’ social media to uncover questionable behavior, with just 28 percent screening only if the job requires it. Experts, however, have warned that employers that are considering social media screens should elect a neutral person to do […]

The Top 10 Reasons Why Social Media Background Checks are a Dumb Idea

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 70 percent of employers are using social media to screen potential candidates. But despite the fact that the practice is widespread, it doesnt come without its setbacks. These include: social media background checks dont predict on-the-job performance, a non-standardized process produces inconsistent results, discriminatory information will be seen and […]


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