How Employers and Firms are Using Social Media when Hiring

Are you curious how companies are using social media to screen and hire  employees? Mindflash shares the latest data (via Eve Tahmincioglu on Google+).

  • 45% of employers use social sites to vet potential hires:
    • 29% use Facebook
    • 26% use LinkedIn
    • 11% use blogs
    • 7% use twitter

 

  • 18% of employers discovered social content that influenced them to hire a candidate:
    • 50% - personality
    • 39% - verification of professional qualifications
    • 38% - creativity
    • 35% - good communication skills
    • 33% - well-roundedness
    • 19% - positive references
    • 15% - awards and accolades

 

  • 35% of employers discovered social content that caused them not to hire a candidate:
    • 53% - provocative or inappropriate photos or other information
    • 44% - content about alcohol or drug use
    • 35% - bad-mouthing previous employers, co-workers, or clients
    • 29% - poor communication skills
    • 26% - discriminatory comments
    • 24% - lies about qualifications
    • 20% - confidential information about a prior employer

Do you want to know the legal risks that arise from using social media to vet job candidates, and the best practices to avoid these legal risks? Pick up a copy of Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing Social Media in the Workplace.

Visit the Ohio Employer's Law Blog to access a copy of the complaint and for more practical employment law information.

Presented by Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, with offices in Cleveland and Columbus. For more information, contact Jon Hyman, a partner in our Labor & Employment group, at (216) 736-7226 or jth@kjk.com.