More Than Half of Employers Have Found Content on Social Media That Caused Them NOT to Hire a Candidate, According to Recent CareerBuilder Survey
- Seven in ten employers (70 percent) use social networking sites to research job candidates during hiring process- Nearly half of employers (48 percent) check up on current employees on social media- A third of employers (34 percent) have reprimanded or fired an employee based on content found online
CHICAGO and ATLANTA, Aug. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Your social media posts might win over or make you lose friends, but according to a recent CareerBuilder survey, they could also have a big impact on prospective employers. Seventy percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates (on par with last year), while seven percent plan to start. And that review matters: Of those that do social research, 57 percent have found content that caused them not to hire candidates.
The national survey was conducted online on behalf of CareerBuilder by The Harris Poll between April 4 and May 1, 2018. It included a representative sample of more than 1,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes in the private sector.
Who's Checking and Why? Broken down by industry, those in IT* (74 percent) and manufacturing (73 percent) are more likely than those in retail/non-retail sales* (59 percent) to do social networking digging on potential job candidates. But it's not just the social sites that are fair game – 66 percent of employers say they use search engines to conduct their research on potential job candidates.
Nearly half of employers (47 percent) say that if they can't find a job candidate online, they are less likely to call that person in for an interview – 28 percent say that is because they like to gather more information before calling in a candidate for an interview; 20 percent say they expect candidates to have an online presence.
According to employers who use social networking sites to research potential job candidates, what they're looking for when researching candidates is:
Information that supports their qualifications for the job: 58 percent
If the candidate has a professional online persona: 50 percent
What other people are posting about the candidate: 34 percent
A reason not to hire the candidate: 22 percent
Content to be Careful About As social media permeates all aspects of our personal and professional lives, what you post online can have serious and lasting consequences. Employers who found content on a social networking site that caused them not to hire a job candidate said these were the primary reasons:
Job candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information: 40 percent
Job candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs: 36 percent
Job candidate had discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.: 31 percent
Job candidate was linked to criminal behavior: 30 percent
Job candidate lied about qualifications: 27 percent
Job candidate had poor communication skills: 27 percent
Job candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee: 25 percent
Job candidate's screen name was unprofessional: 22 percent
Job candidate shared confidential information from previous employers: 20 percent
Job candidate lied about an absence: 16 percent
Job candidate posted too frequently: 12 percent
On the other hand, those that found content that led them to hire a candidate said it was because they saw:
Job candidate's background information supported their professional qualifications for the job: 37 percent
Job candidate was creative: 34 percent
Job candidate's site conveyed a professional image: 33 percent
Job candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests: 31 percent
Got a good feel for the job candidate's personality, could see a good fit within the company culture: 31 percent
Job candidate had great communications skills: 28 percent
Job candidate received awards and accolades: 26 percent
Other people posted great references about the job candidate: 23 percent
Job candidate had interacted with company's social media accounts: 22 percent
Job candidate posted compelling video or other content: 21 percent
Job candidate had a large number of followers or subscribers: 18 percent
The Monitoring Doesn't Stop Once on the Job Employers continue to monitor employees' online presence even after they're hired. Nearly half of employers (48 percent) say they use social networking sites to research current employees—10 percent do it daily. Further, a third of employers (34 percent) have found content online that caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.
Research Method This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by The Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder among 1,012 hiring and human resource managers ages 18 and over (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between April 4 and May 1, 2018. Data for employers were weighted where necessary by company size and job level to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.
* indicates small base size (less than 100); results should be viewed as directional
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