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It’s a Fact: Hiring Managers Look at Social Media Feeds May 23, 2014

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Surveys show that 6 out of 10 hiring managers are taking ‘sneak peeks’ at Facebook posts and tweets of prospective employees, but the larger percentage of them wouldn’t allow this to influence their hiring decisions. 4 out of 10 stated that social media posts would be a deciding factor on whether or not they would hire an applicant according to Challenger Gray & Christmas.

John Challenger, CEO of Challenger and Gray further stated that inappropriate tweets or Instagrams from an applicant might lessen their chances of being hired. On the other hand, hiring managers are shaking down to reality because many of them are social media users themselves. He goes on to say that if every applicant were weeded out for inappropriate posts there would be no one left to hire.

Compromising photos and damaging statements posted to the public may hinder a job applicants chances, but ‘eavesdropping’ on those applicants social media post can work against employers as well. Anti-discrimination laws come into play if hiring managers are found to be biased, so checking up on protected workers social media posts can be tricky.

OgletreeDeakins Nash Smoak& Stewart PC’s employment attorney Tracy Miller says that employers are opting for third-party consultants to make professional and unbiased decisions when reviewing social media profiles. This allows for impartial hiring processes.

It is just about impossible for the casual social media pundit to pass up an opportunity to review a propaganda-style/racy photo that any other user posts; how much more can a human resource manager resist the temptation? The trick here is to put all off-color posts and photos into perspective by comparing what is actually said (and seen) in conjunction with the working world.

It is wise to think twice – and be a little charitable – in cases where it is plain that someone is blowing off steam. What they actually say may not weigh in as much as what they actually do. I’m sure many of us have posted comments that made us cringe when we thought about it afterward; you can’t take back what you give out!

Of course, repeated threats, harmful statements toward others or sexually discriminating and constant racist remarks are not to be ignored. To get a balanced view on a user’s personality – in connection with hiring – look at their family and friends, and their posts, to see what kind of company they keep and how they rate these people.

Also, find out what motivates them by the positive posts, photos and any pre-made mottos that are shared between them and their friends. This tells more about the inner person than anything else!

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