Employers are increasingly using the computer to do extra checks on potential employees, looking them up on social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook, or searching on Google. While this can open a wealth of information into personal lives, it has its risks.
Some of the pros to investigating online include:
- Blogs disparaging past employers can alert future ones that the same may happen to them.
- A potential employee's personality type may be more apparent online than in an interview.
- An employer could spot warning signs and prevent negligent hiring.
The cons to these searches reveal even bigger risks, though, including:
- The searches take a lot of time and resources.
- Online blogging or comments can easily be taken out of context.
- The information is not necessarily related to the job or potential performance.
- Most importantly, it creates potential EEOC claims against the employer. Delving that deeply into a potential employee's personal life reveals aspects that are not supposed to be considered for employment, such as age, race, marital status, and religion. Too much information can be a bad thing.
A better, more accurate option to checking out employees while still using technology and staying within the law is to obtain a signed authorization from the employee for Nextep to conduct a background check that aligns with the job duties.
To learn more about effective hiring practices, contact Nextep's HR Department.