I was recently quoted in the print and online versions of The Age and SMH on social media and recruitment. The article sprouted much conversation after its release – including a healthy debate on my Facebook status after I shared the link.
I’ve included an excerpt of the article below – would love to hear your thoughts.
In an age of oversharing online and with a third of the Australian population on Facebook, many recruiters and companies cannot resist the temptation to screen potential candidates via social media.
In the US, employers have taken their screening one step further, with reports employers have asked job candidates to log in to their Facebook page during the interview.
Employers were interested in looking beyond a person’s resume, said Kate Kendall, who specialises in recruitment via social media.
”You can’t rely solely on your CV any more,” Ms Kendall said.
”Companies are more interested in a holistic view of who they are hiring. You can’t really try and hide.”
Ms Kendall said she did a Google search on a strong candidate for an IT position and discovered a Twitter reference to him smoking marijuana.
”While he still got the job, that’s not something he’d actively put on a cover letter or resume,” Ms Kendall said.
The rest of the piece continues here: