I was reading my HR magazine last night and there was an article about employers NOT using social media for screening candidates. The article, written by Bill Leonard, states the following percentages from their survey in April 2011.
"Twenty-six percent of 417 respondents said their organizations use search engines to screen job applicants, while only 18 percent of 441 poll participants said their companies use social networking sites (LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter) for the same purpose."
As expected, much of this non-use is driven by potential "legal risks and ramifications."
So, where does this leave you as the employer? As always, be consistent in your screening and background practices, and if you elect to use on-line information in your recruiting practice, do so for all candidates and document your process.
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