New research has shown that 51% of employers who have searched their job candidates on social media networks did not hire them because of the content that was discovered. CareerBuilder’s survey also shared that these statistics have increased from 34% in 2012 and 43% in 2013. In addition, 43% of employers currently use social media to research job candidates, and 12% are planning to start.
So, what is it about social media that makes it a great tool to research your job candidates? Some reasons for eliminating a candidate include finding content that is inappropriate or suggestive, specifically photos, indicating the candidate drinks or uses drugs, undermining their previous employers’ reputation, showing poor writing capabilities or communication skills, showing proof of lying about job qualifications, etc. However, social media searches are great for finding a scope of information that can lead to the hiring of a specific candidate. For example, resumes typically show work experience, completed education and achievements. What they fail to show is a candidate’s personality, likability, values, and aspirations. According to the survey, 33% of employers found content that increased the likelihood of hiring a candidate.
Here at Pre-Check, we provide you with extensive media searches on your job candidates, which can give you invaluable information for your hiring process. We meticulously research your candidate’s social media profiles as well as information on the web that they are involved in. This can include media like articles, blogs, or organizations. After our searches, we give you a comprehensive report that guides you through the information and content we have found including links to various websites and/or profiles. We eliminate the hassle and time that social media searches require by simply doing it for you and providing you with the results. Our clients who utilize this service love it, because it helps them make the right hiring choice.
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