“Your future boss is stalking you on Facebook!” says bank and recruitment company

Nine in ten bosses vet applicants on Facebook: Half have reconsidered offering a job after seeing a candidate’s social media accounts

Nine out of ten employers admit they always check social media before hiring applicants, it has been revealed.

Ninety-three per cent use Facebook and Twitter ‘to keep tabs’ on potential candidates and to vet them pre-interview.

But over half (55 per cent) of recruiters have reconsidered appointing someone based on their social profile – with 61 per cent of these U-turns due to ‘negative’ reasons.

Source: Daily Mail, 16th September 2015


You should be careful what you post online these days, as there’s a 90% chance your next employer will Google you at the first available opportunity. While this is almost certainly true, what you might be surprised to learn is that you could lose out on a job opportunity due to the spelling and grammar of your Facebook posts… according to a survey run by a recruitment company:

The findings were revealed by recruiting software company, Jobvite, which surveyed 1,855 human resources managers in industries including engineering, IT, marketing and sales.

If it weren’t enough that a recruitment company is aiming to get its name in the news by commenting on general web trends, the initial survey has been rolled into one by a second company, churning up the PR to add a new hook:

It comes as a separate survey of 2,000 14 to 25-year-olds by Barclay’s LifeSkills initiative found that one in five (22 per cent) admit to posting pictures from nights out.

It’s a genuinely staggering finding that only a fifth of young people share photographs of their nights out on social media (it’s surely far, far higher), but nevertheless the detail matters less than the company behind the story, and Barclays have a clear reason to provoke fear in the millenial minds:

Kirstie Mackey, head of LifeSkills, said: ‘Employers are increasingly using social media to find out more about prospective candidates prior to meeting and making their hiring decisions.

‘In a competitive job market, it’s important to present yourself in the best possible way – both on and offline.

Which, presumably, is precisely the advice-niche Barclays are trying to fill – knowing that most people never change their bank account. Secure customer loyalty early on in their career and you might well have a customer for life.