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26 June 2009 @ 10:11 am
Hiring and FaceBook  
I have just read that companies routinely review facebook and myspace activity when screening prospective candidates. One allegation is that if your profile is blocked to non-friends, they may ask you to log in in front of them to let them have a look. This is roughly equivalent to showing up at my home and demanding an opportunity to sift through my trash and check for signs of moral turpitude like blended Scotch or subversive literature like Fahrenheit 451...

From Reg Braithwaite's description of why checking the web to discover people's personal activities and politics is an ineffective hiring practice, and why any company that would do that should really not hire him.

I agree, which is no big surprise.
Shellybellaballanda on June 26th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
One of the good things about my name... so common no one can actually find me most of the time...
msde on June 26th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I was disagreeing with the article up until the privacy section. A quick google, facebook, and myspace search for anything publicly embarassing to the company is just good due diligence. If something's in your public profile, it's part of your professional image.
Anthonyterpsichoros on June 26th, 2009 06:27 pm (UTC)
I would think that anyone who showed sufficient discretion to lock their facebook profile to non-friends has sufficient discretion to not embarrass their employer in public.
VanderVeckenxthread on June 26th, 2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
I was with you up until your comment about blended Scotch. Seriously, you have to question the personal and professional judgment of anyone who likes that stuff...