Social Media Candidate Check Becoming More Formalized


An interesting report mentioned the behavior that most hiring managers will Google their candidates. They will look for applicant's questionable statements or behaviors (39%), as well as engagement in professional networks (27%) and political views (19%). Candidates are well aware of this.

We had written a white paper in the past, warning people about this practice. As you might imagine, there are countless challenges and legal pitfalls when trying to validate authenticity of online profiles. For example, how many John Smiths are on LinkedIn?

But what surprised us the most in this report is that even though it is not a formal practice, a fair amount of employers (35%) are formalizing this process or plan to do so in the future.

The next question, of course, will be: "What is the validity of this practice?".

Read full report here.


About The Author

Yves Lermusi (aka Lermusiaux) is CEO & co-founder of Checkster. Mr. Lermusi is a well known public speaker and a Career and Talent industry commentator. He is often quoted in the leading business media worldwide, including Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, and Time Magazine. His articles and commentary are published regularly in online publications and business magazines. Mr. Lermusi was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the Recruiting Industry” and his blog has been recognized as the best third party blog.