Would you employer check your social media background before hire people?

United States
September 4, 2011 11:27am CST
Lately, I heard people's advise about beware what you put up on facebook or twitter, etc... those social networking sites, especially those misbehavior type of photo, such you are in partying and drinking type of photos if you are in an intention to apply for a job. Some employers really do check on your social media background to determine your character before they hire you. Will this be truth? That is one advise from some friends I knew. Take a look at the news lately, school board check on teacher's social media background to determine whether they are bad influence to their students; now even jobs will check on you too. Luckily, facebook has adopted a new policy on how much information you will allow this website to expose to general public, so take alert on it.
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8 responses
@asliah (11149)
• Philippines
16 Mar 13
i still never encounter an employer that will check your social media background and aside from that its not connected to my work description so why they need to check it and aside from that social media background is my private things that no one shall interfere.
@maximax8 (27049)
6 Mar 13
These days many employers check candidates Face Book page and other social networking sites to see what they are like. I think photos of partying and drinking would not be great for an employer to see. Of course if the person is old enough there is nothing wrong with those two activities. I even heard universities are looking for the same sort of thing to see what the student applicants are like.
• India
5 Sep 11
I am aware that Employers do check professional background however did not hear anything about social media background check. May be they have started this very recently or I am not aware if it has been in place from long back. We should take care while commenting or putting images on social media, it can be tracked and may turn dangerous for us. Thanks for sharing.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
5 Sep 11
I think it was great for an employer to be able to check on the way people are by looking at their Facebook profiles. Alot of these young people use very foul language and are up to no good. Not all of them but alot of them are no good for hiring.
• United States
4 Sep 11
Unfortunately, employers do check social media sites before hiring you. I think t is terrible because that is aninvasion of privacy. I feel that what people do on their on time is personal and private. A boss has no right to know what you do whn you are off the clock. Employees do not spy on their employers so why should employees be spied on.
@syoti20 (5296)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Exactly. I prefer not to join in any social sites hahaha. Just to be safe in applying for work.
@2wicelot (2949)
4 Sep 11
These days many employers do check peoples' views on social networking sites before they hire them. They also check what their employees are doing and saying on the social networking sites as well. There was this case of this lady who lost her job because she wrote some unflattering remarks about her work. Law enforcement officials also use the social networking sites to track down people especially criminals. Just yesterday I saw on TV this teenager was arrested for receiving a stolen laptop because when he went online with it, the laptop broadcast his location to the owner and when he logged on to facebook, the owner was able to see his profile page and he could see his name, his parents name, where he went to school, etc, etc. Then he alerted the police and the teenager was arrested. The owner had installed so security software on his laptop for that kind of eventuality. So using the right tools, it seems it is possible to have a look at what people are doing on the social network sites.
@Galena (9124)
4 Sep 11
I don't think that drinking and partying counts as misbehaving, as long as you are legally old enough to do so.