4 Ways to Use Social Media to Screen Candidates

There is still so much confusion over the legality of using social media to pre-screen candidates for a job. It is important to be cautious about the way you use their personal information. However, this doesn’t mean that their social media profiles are completely off limits in the job hunt. Here are four ways you can use social media to screen candidates.

  • Review their groups and connections. LinkedIn makes it very easy to assess professionals in this way. In fact, it was designed to use used for hiring decisions. When you’re reviewing a LinkedIn profile pay special attention to their job history and recommendations. A red flag may be raised if they don’t have any recommendations from former coworkers or managers. Also look at the types of groups in which they are involved. This can tell you a lot about their interests and their experience. Look at their connections as well to see how they build a network.
  • Review their “About” page. Facebook can be a little more complicated. Much of what you will be able to see will depend on their specific security settings. The best way to access information is to review the “About” page in their profile. You may see their job history or you may simply see a public list of their favorite music. Use caution when reviewing public photos because you may find yourself making a discriminatory decision without meaning to.
  • Review their communications. The Twitter microblogging platform is public so there are no real restrictions for reviewing this information. It is a great place to see how your candidate communicates on line. You can look out for egregious grammar and spelling errors or even inappropriate content. If they are able to create well thought out statements in only 140 characters they may be someone with exceptional communications skills.
  • Review visual media. Like Twitter, both Pinterest and Instagram are public websites so brows your candidate’s pins and photos to see who they really are. This may be a great way to compare their personal interests with that of your team to see if they will get along. For instance, you may find that someone really interested in scrapbooking will get along great with your currently crafty employees.

Do you need to know more about using social media for recruiting? Meador Staffing can work with you today to help find the best candidates for your open jobs.

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