The pitfalls of using social networking or other online searches to screen for job applicants.

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Well, the day is here.  The day that we have exposed ourselves to the world and then scream for privacy rights.  The fact of the matter is that we have placed our photos, our actions, our kids, likes, dislikes, political interest and some things that we should never share.  All of this is fine, until you are unemployed and looking for a job.

Us as employers, need to respect a person’s privacy and make sure that we are not discriminating during the hiring process (violating protected class statuses – gender, religion, race, etc…) by using these online social networking tools when researching an applicant.  I think that Alan Finders wrote a great article on the issue in the NY Times on June 11th, 2006.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/11/us/11recruit.html

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