While many companies use social media sites to recruit and advertise job openings to candidates, only a small percentage of them use social media to evaluate job candidates.
Opinions on using social media as a way to screen and research candidates vary widely. Some argue that social media offers great insight beyond a highly edited resume. Others suggest that red flags may pop up on someone’s personal page that could influence whether or not a candidate is even considered (inviting claims of potentially discriminatory behavior taken by the employer).
There are definitely cautionary tales to be told regarding an employer making a hiring decision based on information found on social media. As a best practice, employers should never base an employment decision solely on social media.
Whether or not your potential employer uses social media during a background check, here are some social media best practices that everyone should consider:
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