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More Companies Finding Reasons Not to Hire Job Candidates on Social Media

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you’re looking for yet another reason to be careful about what you post on social media sites, a new survey shows 43 percent of hiring managers have decided not to hire a job candidate after discovering the individual had posted inappropriate material online, up nine percentage points from last year.

On the flip side, one-in five hiring managers said they found something that prompted them to hire a particular candidate.

According to a nationwide survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of, 39 percent of companies use social networking sites to research job candidates, up from 37 percent last year.

Hiring managers say the posting of provocative/inappropriate photos or info was the number one reason for not hiring a job candidate.

Other reasons cited by employers for taking a job candidate out of the running after researching social media sites:

  • There was info about candidate drinking or using drugs.
  • Candidate bad-mouthed previous employer.
  • Candidate had poor communication skills.
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.
  • Candidate lied about qualifications.

According to the survey, 19 percent of hiring managers said they came across information on social media sites that made a candidate more attractive or solidified the decision to extend a job offer.  The top mentions:

  • Candidate conveyed a professional image.
  • Got a good feel for candidate’s personality.
  • Candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests.
  • Candidate’s background information supported professional qualifications.
  • Candidate was creative.
  • Great communication skills.
  • Other people posted great references about the candidate.

The nationwide survey was conducted between Feb. 11 and March 6, 2013, and involved 2,184 hiring managers and human resource professionals.

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