The Role Of Social Media In Pre-Employment Candidate Screening– Statistics And Trends

22 Feb 2014

Did you know that two in five employers use social media to screen candidates?
Employers are quickly grasping that a candidate’s social media activities present a far more accurate picture of who the candidate is.Employers show great interest in knowing if a candidate is less than truthful about their qualifications or experience. So whatever you put out there, including random comments, photos and descriptions are seriouslyconsidered during
candidate evaluation.

Pre-employment social media screening - Statistics and Trends

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Check out our infographic, “The Role Of Social Media In Pre-Employment Candidate Screening– Statistics And Trends” where we present a number of interesting facts, as follows:

•  Why employers use social media to screen candidates
•  How many employers have found negative information on candidates via social media
•  How many employers have found reasons to hire candidates based on their social media profiles
•  Which social media sites are most frequently used by employers to screen candidates before hiring them

Why Employers Use Social Networks To Screen Candidates

Reason

%age
To evaluate candidate’s professionalism in terms of social conduct 65%
To evaluate candidate’s fit into the company culture 51%
To learn more about the candidate’squalifications 45%

 

43% of employers said they found information online that helped them decide not to hire a particular candidate.

Top Reasons

 %age
Inappropriate content posted online 50%
Info about candidate drinking or using drugs 48%
Bad mouthing previous employer 33%
Poor communication skills 30%
Discriminatory comments 28%
Lied about qualifications 24%

 

One in five hiring managers (19 percent) said they found reasons to hire a candidate from their social media profiles.

Top Reasons

 %age
Professional image 57%
Good personality 50%
A wide range of interests 50%
Background information was accurate 49%
High creativity 46%
Great communication skills 43%
Positive references from others 38%

 

Most Used Social Networking Sites To Screen Candidates

Social Networking

%age

Facebook 76%
Twitter 53%
LinkedIn 48%