70 percent of hiring managers say they reject job applicants because of info they find online
If there was ever a doubt that those party pictures on Facebook can come back to haunt you, take a look at this statistic: 70 percent of hiring managers say they’ve decided not to hire an applicant because of information they’ve found online.
The data come from a survey of 1,200 human relations managers and consumers in the United States, Britain, Germany and France. Microsoft commissioned it last November.
Those surveyed said they almost all go online to research candidates to hire and think they are justified in doing so. Conversely, only 7 percent of consumers think recruiters check out potential candidates online in considering hiring decisions.
Recruiters said they search for information about candidates through search engines, on social networking sites, personal Web sites and blogs, gaming sites, online classified sites and through professional background checkers.
What kind of information prompts hiring mangers to reject a candidate?
-- 58 percent say data on lifestyle
-- 56 percent say inappropriate written text
-- 55 percent say inappropriate photos
The report was released on International Privacy Day, which in Washington will be marked with a conference at the Newseum. Reputation Defender and privacy groups will discuss how legislators and regulators are responding to a growing push to address online privacy.
January 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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