Employers Increasingly Use Social Networks to Screen Candidates

Fifty-two percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 43% last year and 39% in 2013, according to CareerBuilder.

Six in ten (60%) are “looking for information that supports their qualifications for the job.” For some occupations, this could include a professional portfolio, CareerBuilder says. Fifty-six percent of recruiters want to see if the candidate has a professional online persona, 37% want to see what other people are posting about the candidate, and 21% admit they’re looking for reasons not to hire the candidate.

Additionally, 51% of hiring managers surveyed use search engines to research candidates. More than one-third of employers (35%) say they are less likely to interview job candidates if they are unable to find information about that person online.

Hiring managers in information technology (76%) and financial services (64%) are the most likely to use social networks to screen candidates; retail (46%) had the lowest share.

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