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.