There has been much written, and even more speculated, within the recruiting and HR communities during the last couple of years regarding candidates‘ social media profiles – specifically over the question of whether recruiters and potential employers are monitoring them to gain further insight into potential job applicants.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of ‘social media referencing’ the availability of this information on public platforms will inevitably lead to curious hirers wanting to seek out further information.
The infographic below is from Reppler – a free social media monitoring service that’s focused on the individual – and shows the results of a recent survey of more than 300 hiring professionals. There are some interesting findings!
Maybe the most important of all to a jobseeker is that 90% of recruiters and hiring managers have looked a candidate’s social media profile (primarily Facebook and Twitter) as part of the screening process…and almost half have done it after receiving an application and before initiating a screening conversation. 69% have rejected someone based on their social networking profile, whilst almost the same numbers (68%) have hired someone because of what they have seen on a profile.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the main reasons for rejecting candidates are:
Whilst the reasons for hiring were:
Certainly some interesting stats to bear in mind when sending out the next application.
Whether you’re a candidate or recruiter, let us know if you have you ever checked out a social networking profile, and made a career decision based on what you found?