AWI e-briefs - 01/22/2015 (Plain Text Version)
Should Employers Use Social Media to Screen Prospective Job Applicants?
Companies hiring employees should resist the urge to use the Internet to find out more information about job applicants. Visiting social media sites can expose employers to information that cannot be used legally in applicant screening. Even if the information is not taken into account, merely having been exposed to it can cause legal issues for the recruiter and the company.
In short, it is best to refrain from using social media to screen job candidates. The process may open the door to lawsuits and harm a company’s reputation. However, employers who find social media screening necessary should be sure to define the process and obtain written permission if an employer uses a third party to conduct a background check.
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