When Social Media Says Too Much…
By Shannon Tinker
This month, Redfish explores the importance of background checks and references before extending a candidate a job offer. Responsible hiring decisions usually include basic steps to double-check that a candidate’s credentials are legit. With an applicant’s consent, employers can quickly get reports about a candidate’s credit and criminal record, and this is perfectly legal.
In addition to old school, traditional background and reference checks, employers now have access to data that would make even the most seasoned Private Investigator blush. Social media has opened the playing field making it fairly easy to gather personal information about most of the computer using public. Employers can learn a lot about a job seeker through her online profile, in fact, if they’re not careful, they can learn too much. (more…)