10 Rules for Social Media Background Checks
July 1st, 2012 by JBWK
With employers’ broad use of social media as a background check on applicants becoming a hot-button issue, it’s imperative to make sure you’re doing it right.
To help, there is a useful guide outlining ten guidelines employers should follow when conducting these social media searches. While there is more detail on each at the link, the list includes:
- Search only public content
- Don’t let the researcher make the hiring decision
- Search the same information on each applicant
- Tell the applicant you’re doing it
- Only search after an initial interview
- Comply with all sites’ terms of service
- Don’t coerce the applicant
- Make a decision based on public content that you can document
- Document the results and reasons for the decision
- Train the researchers and decision makers
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