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Social media employment screening

Social media plays a major part in all our lives and provides much more insight into an employee than the traditional interview process.

With over 6000 tweets per second globally, and 5 new Facebook profiles being opened per 10 seconds, the amount of information available is enormous. And with the dangers of social media and the damage it can do to an organisation, there are many companies who now no longer rely just on your resume to determine if you will live the brand and ideals of company culture.

It is for this reason that Social Media Screening as a background-screening tool has grown extensively across the globe. When it is conducted internally 76% of employers go to Facebook first as opposed to 48% who use LinkedIn. On social media we tend to expose more than we would in an interview, giving a glimpse into the person that will enter your workplace, and an idea if they will fit the corporate culture of your organization.

The risks for an organization can be crippling, highlighting the need for experts to help your HR department identify and manage people risk. Just think of Penny Sparrow, Chris Hart and the many other individuals that have come under the spotlight for their social media escapades – could one of your staff members be next? The best approach is a proactive, stringent and comprehensive approach.

Click here for the five minute guide to Social media employment screening.