Should candidates be judged by their social media activity?

This morning I read with great interest an article on the New York Times website titled "Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle". The article discusses using social media profiles to help judge whether a candidate is suitable for a prospective role.

I was slightly taken aback with the amount of recruiters in the US that are allegedly using social media research to help with the candidate selection process.

I was interested to see what others think about this process and whether social media activity should play a role in modern recruitment practice? Should a candidates private life have any bearing on their career path?


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Comment by Shankar Srinivasan on July 28, 2011 at 11:03am

No way...


I have a facebook account in which I hang out with friends. And I have a LinkedIn account from which I communicate to business associates.


Now will I be considered to have multiple personality disorder :)


Social Media scrubbing for Recruitment is an excellent ploy by some shrewd minded business man who understands that Recruiters have huge money to spend on wetting new Candidates and has created a racket to take it from them. Lets appreciate the business man, after all only ignorant Recruiters are going to fall for it.

Comment by Chantelle Legg on August 31, 2011 at 11:28am
The responses to this will really interest me, as I am always thinking about my personal social media, and the possible impression this could give a current or future employer, my facebook is private but for instance, I am always weary of my Twitter account which I post both professional and private thoughts, will this be used to judge me as a professional, if they know what I had for dinner last night, or what time I got home from the bar, will they judge me from this rather than my performance at work
Comment by Helen Appleby on August 31, 2011 at 11:36am

I think that the difference being forged between social and professional networks is having a definite impact on this. LinkedIn can be the perfect tool to see what people are saying about your candidate. On the flipside, stay away from my Facebook. Facebook being the 'personal' and 'social' part of social media where people interact with friends. 


That being said, if someone says that they are detail oriented and didn't pay attention to their privacy settings on Facebook might say something to someone's actual personality.


I remember reading a Canadian article where a woman was fired from her job because of her Facebook photos, that brings in a whole new aspect to this game.  

Comment by Chantelle Legg on August 31, 2011 at 11:50am

I think Social Media has brought a whole new level to the 'recruiting game' it is human nature to enquire about these things, especially when you know they are available. Although I do agree about the privacy settings!

However, I feel that if your personal life does not affect your work one, and does not cause any negative impact then it should be exactly that, personal

But i would present the argument that recruiters may look at your social media prescence and claim that it has nothing to do with their hiring decision, even if it has...


Are their ethical laws that cover this in the workplace or recruiting system...


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