I've submitted to drug tests, background checks, reference checks, etc for jobs before but so far I haven't been subjected to a social media check (that I know about). Now companies like Reppify, Identified, Social Intelligence and others are creating reports for hiring managers about your online persona. While background typically verify information you have provided and verify any past criminal activity, these services are investgating less objective areas of your background. Web applications will judge candidates based on any available information they can gather from social profiles. You can prevent this by ensuring your privacy settings are set properly, but then hiring managers will have one less piece of information for you compared that they have for others in the pool. The companies that provide these services argue that it is only one piece of a decision that hiring managers should use to vet candidates and that they will present a more comprehensive profile of the candidate than occurs when a recruiter googles someone and makes a decision based on the first few pieces of information that are discovered. They are right, we're all more accessible and less private than we ever were before and that genie isn't going back in the bottle and with the current state of the job market, candidates are likely willing to subject themselves to something like this rather than potentially missing out on an oppurtunity. Verifying your credentials and resume is one thing, but a tool that discovers I'm a Mets/Giants fan, like certain bands, and culls through photos of myself, family and friends to determine if I am an appropriate fit as a candidate seems to go well beyond the purview of the hiring process.
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Big Brother is watching... and might not hire you!
Posted by Dave Milne at 12:22 AM