More employers are finding reasons not to hire workers on social media. A CareerBuilder survey found that, “43 percent of hiring managers who currently research candidates on social media found information that caused them not to hire a candidate” — up 9 percentage points from last year.
The survey also found 39 percent of firms use social media sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent in a study a year ago (Grazs 2013).
Why reject a candidate based on social media? Here’s what the respondents said:
- Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info, 50 percent
- There was info about candidate drinking or using drugs, 48 percent
- Candidate bad mouthed previous employer, 33 percent
- Candidate had poor communication skills, 30 percent
- Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.; 28 percent
- Candidate lied about qualifications, 24 percent
On the other hand, 19 percent of hiring managers said they found something on social media that made them WANT to hire a candidate:
- Candidate conveyed a professional image, 57 percent
- Got a good feel for candidate’s personality, 50 percent
- Candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests, 50 percent
- Candidate’s background information supported professional qualifications, 49 percent
- Candidate was creative, 46 percent
- Great communication skills, 43 percent
- Other people posted great references about the candidate, 38 percent
The survey took place from Feb. 11 to March 6 and included more than 2,100 U.S. hiring managers. If you’re seeking a new position, take a focused review of what your social media postings are telling a potential new employer and make sure you’re making hiring managers WANT to hire you by presenting your absolute best on all internet sites you post on—not just Facebook and LinkedIn.
Graz, Jennifer. (2013). “More Employers Finding Reasons Not to Hire Candidates on Social Media, Finds CareerBuilder Survey.” Careerbuilder. 27 June 2013.
About the Author, Debbie M. Duguay: 25 years of corporate and contingency recruiting experience provide Debbie a unique understanding of the staffing industry. She began her recruiting career in 1988 successfully recruiting primarily for accounting/finance and sales/marketing positions for a diverse collection of corporations, and was recognized for her ability to find exceptional candidates for the most specialized and hard-to-fill positions. In 1998, she opened a staffing agency, and for five years she and her staff successfully served the recruiting needs of corporations throughout the nation. Debbie Duguay merged her search firm with a global recruiting corporation in 2003, and was ranked the “#2 Recruiter in the Nation for 2006”, before joining the incredible TargetCW recruiting team.