Beware ! Your Facebook profile could cost you a potential job offer as employers increasingly turn to social sites like Facebook when deciding on calling a candidate for an interview, according to a new study.
Nowadays, online content posted about, or by a candidate, has become the equivalent of a preliminary job interview. It’s not just Facebook they turn to, the search also includes Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.More than 90 % human resources professionals search for social media profiles to assess a candidate’s suitability. What employers find online has huge implications on a job seeker’s chance of even getting an interview call. The study is based on surveys of 230 human resources professionals in the US and the UK, and 4,400 job seekers between the ages of 18 and 25.
Drunken photos reduce the chances of an interview by 84 % while nude photos are enough reason for 90% recruitment managers to decline an interview. Other such actions on social media are evidence of bad behaviour, negative comments about a previous employer or extreme views about topics such as race. Overall, nearly half of the hiring managers surveyed have turned down job applicants because of their online profile.