Social Media Screening

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Social media sites were created for the purpose of letting the world know that the user exists. As social media evolved, so did it's usage. Now, social media went from a site used to make friends to a site used for business. According to Oliver Perkins, “ More than half of employers now use social media to screen job candidates, poll says; even send friend requests”. (Perkins) Unknowingly, businesses are starting to use social media to screen candidates, which leave many users to worry about the future of social media. Screening for future employees is a difficult job since the employer must look for the candidate that is the most qualified for the job without violating any civil liberties. While faced with many people who are competing against …show more content…
A person’s writing, picture, and friend may be designed in a way to appear favorable to the employer. Instead, employers should use the same but effective method of hiring by having an interview. Although a candidate may seem perfect at first, with experience, one can learn to pick up signs of unreliability. Interviewing in person can develop observation skills that would allow one to understand another. While using social media, one can not feel the emotion of the words on a computer screen. A candidate would not be able to express their emotion or show sincerity. While having the person come in person to interview can be long and boring, one should never take too many shortcuts. This method may seem old and difficult compared to using social media for screening, but being able to see how one dress and the commitment of the candidates can provide more information than …show more content…
Social media is a powerful tool when used correctly, yet one can not help but include one’s own view of the hiring process. When an employer is on a candidate’s social site, they put themselves at legal risk due to searching all the information are irrelevant to the business. One of the main ways employers can put themselves at risk is to make a hiring decision based on a ‘protected right, including age, disability, gender change, marital status, race, religious beliefs, and sex or sexual orientation. Although one can argue that professionals should be trained to do the task, it’s without a doubt that one cannot help but have an input based on one’s own belief or

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