Background screening means more than social media checking

As HR professionals turn to social media to gain information on potential employees, is this growing trend reliable?

Data from recruitment marketing app Jobcast states 93% of companies globally use LinkedIn for recruiting, 66% use Facebook, and 54% use Twitter. The Society of Human Resource Management said in 2016 that 84% of organisations had reported recruiting via social media, while 9% planned to start using it. The society also said 43% of organisations reported using social media or online search engines to screen job candidates and that a job candidate’s public social media profile can provide information about work-related performance. “While effective in achieving some level of insight into the personality and behavioural patterns of a candidate, background screening via social media alone is a dubious and unreliable practice,” says Rudi Kruger, GM of Risk Solutions at LexisNexis Data Services. FULL ARTICLE

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