More than two in five (43%) hiring managers who currently research candidates via social media said they have found information that has caused them not to hire a candidate, up 9 percentage points from last year, according to a CareerBuilder survey. Nearly two in five companies (39%) said they use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 37% from last year.
Employers who took a job candidate out of the running after researching social media sites reported finding a variety of concerning content including:
- Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/information – 50%;
- There was information about candidate drinking or using drugs – 48%;
- Candidate bad-mouthed previous employer – 33%;
- Candidate had poor communication skills – 30%;
- Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc. – 28 %; and
- Candidate lied about qualifications – 24%.
Positive Discoveries Too
However, some employers also noted that they came across information on social media sites that made a candidate more attractive or solidified the decision to extend a job offer. One in five hiring managers (19%) said they found something that caused them to hire a candidate.
These positive discoveries included:
- Candidate conveyed a professional image - 57%;
- Got a good feel for candidate's personality - 50%;
- Candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests - 50%;
- Candidate's background information supported professional qualifications - 49%;
- Candidate was creative - 46%;
- Great communication skills - 43%; and
- Other people posted great references about the candidate - 38%.
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder among 2,184 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full time, not self-employed, non-government) between February 11 and March 6.
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