Why It’s a Mistake to Rely on a ‘Social-Media Background Check’

Despite the easy access to information offered on social media sites, using these personal accounts for human resources reasons presents a variety of issues for employers. Although social media will provide a glimpse into a person’s personality and paint a picture of the individual, nothing beats the benefits of a traditional interview process. A more complete picture can be completed in this way by offering dialogue that can unveil information that hasn’t been revealed online. Those using social media in their screening process should consider that they could be looking at information about the wrong person. There is a legal liability, as most employers are uncertain which items on social-media profiles are valid, legal grounds for making hiring or firing decisions. Traditional background checks give employers access to detailed data sets and the capacity to confirm an applicant’s employment history.

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