Trolling, Trolling, Trolling: Hiring Managers Do Look You Up Online, Survey Says

Posted on 07-23-2015 by
Tags: social media , Trending News & Topics , Labor & Employment , Employment Law

We all have been told at some point that it is “better safe than sorry”. When posting stuff on social media we should live by this, especially if we are currently looking for a job. Despite what you may have heard, according to LexisNexis Legal Newsroom, hiring managers do surf your social networking channels.

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, it was found that “fifty-two percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up significantly from 43 percent last year and 39 percent in 2013.”

The survey also revealed that of the 2,000 hiring managers who were surveyed, 35 percent of those who said they screened social media channels “friended” or followed the potential candidates. What is shocking is of that group, 80 percent said they were granted permission.

Other key knowledge that can be gathered from the survey included what hiring managers’ “turn-ons” and “turn-offs” were. These can be seen in the table below:

What do you think of the findings by the survey? Is there any “turn- ons” or “turn-offs” that weren’t mentioned that you’d take into consideration when hiring somebody? Let us know.

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