For this week's topic, research the controversial HR practice of checking a job candidate's social media sites as part of the selection process.
For this week's topic, research the controversial HR practice of checking a job candidate's social media sites as part of the selection process. Find at least one article and provide a summary for the discussion board. At least 140words. TWO EXAMPLE:1- This article is about a survey that CareerBuilder conducted in regards to hiring managers use social network sites to research job applicants. This survey showed that 37 percent of hiring managers use social networking sites to pre-screen applicants. During this research, over 2,000 hiring managers were asked if applicantâ€™s social network information help with their decision to hire them. They were also asked what type of information they looked for and if their findings would hurt or help the applicants. On top of the 37 percent that says that they use them, 11 percent said they plan to start using them. This article also talked about how some applicants are protesting this type of practice. Hiring Managers feel as if it is a part of the thorough background check process. Critics felt that it is simply an invasion of privacy.This article is very interesting to me. There have been many discussions regarding this same issue amongst my friends and family. This issue could be look at as if a company is invading oneâ€™s privacy as well as freedom of speech. This issue could also be looked at as the company simply protecting their brand. I hear the argument all the time that it should not be fair for employers to invade someoneâ€™s social media for business purposes. On the other hand, when an employee of a company does post something that someone feel is inappropriate, the public will post non-stop on the companyâ€™s page that the employee works for. In reality, people contradict themselves regarding this matter. I truly believe that personal and professional business should be kept separately. However, I understand why organizations would want their hiring managers to view applicantâ€™s social media. Some people post things that companies would not want their brand to be a part of. Under that personâ€™s profile they have their employer listed, and represent themselves in a disgraceful manner. I personally do not have my employer listed, however many people do. This topic will always be a debate. I believe both sides make great points.Â Richard, J. (2012, April 20). 37 Percent Of Employers Use Facebook To Pre-Screen Applicants, New Study Says. Retrieved June 27, 2017, fromÂ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/20/employers-use-facebook-to-pre-screen-applicants_n_1441289.htmlÂ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Â Â Â Sunshine, J. (2011, August 04). How Companies Use Facebook To Hire And Fire Employees (INFOGRAPHIC). Retrieved June 27, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/04/new-infographic-shows-how-companies-target-unemployed_n_918816.html2- A study conducted by CareerBuilder showed that 70% of employers are now looking at the social media accounts of perspective candidates. Social media accounts are not the only thing that employers are looking at, nearly 70% of those searching social media accounts are also using Yahoo, Google, and Bing to research candidates. It is important that candidates ensure that they have an appropriate professional persona online. The article states that if a candidate decides to delete all of their social media or online presence, it can backfire on them. Employers may think that the candidate has something to hide. It was found that 61% employers are using social media searches to support candidateâ€™s qualification, 50% want to ensure the candidate has a professional persona, and 37% want to see what others are saying about them. Only 27% of those surveyed check social media to find reasons for not hiring someone. The article also stated that the search does not stop once the candidate is hired. Employers are also searching social media and online presences of current employees.I found this article to be very interesting. I used to view this topic negatively but now I understand that employers are trying to protect their organization. They also want to make sure that the candidate they decide to hire is worth the investment. I can also see why someone would feel like this is an invasion of privacy and how one thing does not have to with the other. A person can be professional at work and provocative (one of the reasons the study state an employer will not hire someone) outside of work.ReferencesBrooks, C. (2017). Keep it clean: Social media screenings gain in popularity. Retrieved fromÂ http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/2377-social-media-hiring.htmlÂ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
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