Employers using social networks to check recruitees

Over 30 per cent of human resources departments and business managers admit to searching for potential and current employees’ social networking profiles for information about their background and behaviour - and 24 per cent of those say that they have been put off by something they have found.

Over 30 per cent of human resources departments and business managers admit to searching for potential and current employees’ social networking profiles for information about their background and behaviour - and 24 per cent of those say that they have been put off by something they have found.

The study of 961 HR people and business managers, commissioned by people search website Yasni.co.uk reveals that they used sites like Facebook and MySpace as part of the recruitment processes, looking for any pictures, comments, or status updates that may inform extra insight into job applicants.

Managers who admit to scrutinising applicant’s online details say that the biggest turn-offs were ‘inappropriate drunk photos’ (47 per cent) and ‘rude comments’ (22 per cent).

“These statistics again reinforce the importance of monitoring your online profile,” says Yasni.co.uk CEO and co-founder Steffen Ruehl. “A comment that seems funny to a friend may be taken completely differently by a potential [employer].”

Of the 68 per cent of business people who had not searched for applicants’ online to-date, 44 per cent admitted that they ‘probably would do this in the future’.

More information:
www.yasni.co.uk

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