Social Networking Site Perusal Isn’t an Accurate Method of Background Screening

Posted by Kristina Taylor
June 30, 2009

Social Networking Site Perusal Isn’t an Accurate Method of Background Screening

You’ve just interviewed a really amazing young professional.  She possesses every quality needed to fill the job.  Now, you’re spending some time verifying her credentials by popping over to her LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter pages.  All seems to be simpatico with what’s on her resume, so you feel ready to hire her.

Whoa!  Hold your horses!  Though social networking sites may be all the rage, they are hardly an accurate method of background screening.  After all, anyone can say anything in cyberspace — there are no police there to say, “Hey you!  On your LinkedIn profile it says you worked for Company QRS… that’s not true!”

Although there’s nothing wrong with getting a feel for a job candidate by doing some online investigating, it’s best to leave the nitty gritty elements of background screening to professionals in that field.  That way, you can be assured that you aren’t getting “snowed” by a web-savvy contender for your job opening.

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