Online detective work: How much do you know about potential new recruits?
You've asked all the right questions during interviews. You've probed and interrogated and looked for any possible inconsistencies in the applicant's responses. You've conducted thorough reference checks. But how much do you really know about the people you're interviewing? And what is the boundary between a recruit's personal life and their professional persona?
Recent survey results show employers are increasingly conducting their own online research to find out more about potential new recruits. In the survey, by Adelaide-based Nuage Software, LinkedIn was the most utilised channel, with 74 percent of employers suggesting they used the site to verify applicants' details. About half of employers conducted a Google search and about 23 percent search Facebook. Twitter was significantly less popular as a source of further information – only 3 percent of employers used it to dig up detail on applicants.
It's not just social media under scrutiny. National Crime Check, the agency accredited to conduct police checks, has also reported a dramatic increase in employers requesting formal police checks of applicants before finalising a job offer. National Crime Check figures suggest 5 to 10 percent of searches conducted turn up some kind of criminal background – anything from low-level traffic offences to more serious crimes like murder.