A recent survey from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) proves employers are using social media — not only to find prospective employees, but as a means to disqualify candidates as well. The full report is 39 pages, but we have summarized the results for you.
SHRM surveyed 400 HR professionals who specialize in employment or recruitment and found:
- 84% of their organizations used social media for recruitment. That’s up from 56% in 2011.
- While many of these companies use social media to find job candidates who might not be actively seeking a new job, 43% of organizations say they use these tools to actively screen applicants. That means they compare LinkedIn profiles to resumes and check out Facebook to see what people are like in their off time.
- 44% of respondents say they believe a candidate’s public social media profile can provide information about work-related performance.
- 36% have disqualified a job candidate in the past year because of something discovered online: for example, evidence of illegal activity or some discrepancy with their application.
- 39% of these employers do allow the applicant a chance to explain any questionable discoveries.
- A candidate’s public social networking page is the most likely thing to get them disqualified (27%).
SHRM does recommend companies consider training HR professionals how to properly use the information they find online. As many as 59% of the companies surveyed do not have a policy for using social media to screen applicants, and this is where you could get into some trouble.
As we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of our video series on social media, something as simple as when you look at social media in your hiring timeline can set you up for a lawsuit.
Note: You can read the entire SHRM survey here.
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