A recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder found over one-half (52%) of employers use social media to gather information on job applicants. This trend will in all likelihood continue to grow. A real eye-opener is that 48% of hiring personnel have used this online info to NOT hire a prospective employee. Hiring managers in information technology (76%) and financial services(64%) are the most likely to use social media to screen candidates. Other industries include: sales(61%), professional/business services (54%), manufacturing (49%), and health care (49%).
So what turns hiring managers off?
*Provocative or inappropriate photographs
*Candidates use of drugs or drinking
*Bad- mouthing previous employers or co-workers
*Poor communication skills
*Discriminatory comments on race, religion, gender, etc.
Source:2015 CareerBuilder ‘s Survey of Social Media. An online survey of 2,175 hiring managers .
Source: CareerBuilder’s 2015 Social Media Recruitment Survey.