Over Half of UK Employers Admit Candidate’s Online Profiles Influence Their Hiring Decisions
It’s reported by HR professionals that online activity is increasingly influential in the hiring process. Recruitment experts say the trend is ‘worrying’.
More than half of UK employers admit that candidates’ online profiles actively influence their hiring decisions, according to a new survey that highlights the increasing integration of social media into the recruitment process.
Around a third of the 4,000 HR professionals surveyed said they had declined to interview a candidate, or had rejected an applicant they had already interviewed, after checking their social media posts, while 65 per cent Googled prospective employees. However, the process works both ways, with 28% of jobseekers saying their view of an organisation was influenced by what they read about it online.
With more and more candidates now looking for the ‘right cultural fit’ and employers tapping into the social media information on prospective candidates, it puts up a good case for us all to use these sites with care and caution.
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