Screening Job Candidates on Social Networks

According to a nationwide survey of employers conducted by, 22% of hiring managers use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 11% in 2006.  Additional findings include:

•    9% of hiring managers don’t currently use social networking sites to screen potential employees, but plan to start;
•    Of those who screen via social networks, 34% report finding content that caused them to dismiss the candidate from consideration.

Top areas for concern among hiring managers include:

•    41%: candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs
•    40%: candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs or information
•    29%: candidate had poor communication skills
•    28%: candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee
•    27%: candidate lied about qualifications
•    22%: candidate used discriminatory remarks related to race, gender, religion, etc.
•    22%: candidate’s screen name was unprofessional
•    21%: candidate was linked to criminal behavior