Using Facebook as a screening process for new hires
Can anyone tell me how they are utilizing Facebook or MySpace as a screening process for new applicants? Is it recommended or not and legally what are the guidelines. We have heard many stories of people being hired by firms and then information is found out after they are hired on their Facebook that may have caused them not to hire this person. What are the general guidelines for use? Thanks for any and all input I can get. Do you need to be invited on to view their Facebook page??
HR Manager--Ophthalmology Practice
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Facebook (FB) settings vary by the
end-user. Depending on the security settings a person selects, only accepted
“friends” can view their information to the extreme that anyone with a FB
account can view their profile (including all post, stories, & pics).
I have recently met with my recruiters and advised that MySpace, FB, or even tweets
should not be viewed on any potential candidates. The liabilities seem to
outweigh the benefits. Sites such as LinkedIn are being used internally to
learn more about our candidates.
flip side, the same sites that we are not utilizing to “research” candidates’
profiles are considerations for use as a method to recruit new hires as one
recent report shows 85% of recent graduates use some sort of online social
Does it really make sense to search a candidate on Facebook as a hiring decision? Shouldn't the person be hired based on his/her experience and/or presentation in an interview? I don't think that employers should use social networking as a way to "weed" out candidates, simply because well, it's designed to be SOCIAL. If I want to post pictures from my vacation to Las Vegas, would a potential employer not hire me because I have a gambling problem? What if there is a picture of me holding a beer bottle? So what? I'm over 21! Should we really be peaking into people's social lives to determine if they are suited for a job? I say NO. Social is social and business is business. Every heard of checking references?
I’m very interested to know what kind of information was discovered after the hire was made that would cause the company to second-guess their decision.