“There is a growing trend in the number of employers who are Googling candidates to research for additional information,” said Brian Krueger, President of CollegeGrad.com. “This trend has now spilled over to the use of Internet social networking sites, such as MySpace and Facebook, for screening potential candidates.”
Also, from the same CollegeGrad.com story, a student alleged that,
“It violates the privacy of the applicants,” said Shantice Bates, a Mass Communication Major from Virginia Commonwealth University. “A person’s MySpace or Facebook pages really have nothing to do with their work personality.”
Privacy? Remember, when you post something to the world wide web, you post it to the WORLD WIDE web. It no longer is private, when you publish it for all to see. As an employer, you certainly have the right to review an applicant’s MySpace or Facebook sites and decide not to hire the individual on the basis of information contained there (assuming, of course, that the “objectionable” information you discover is not related to the individual’s race, age, disability, etc.).And employees… remember, the Internet is a public place.