With unemployment at an all-time low, Hiring Managers faced with the dilemma of having equally qualified applicants with no discernible differences that would eliminate one candidate over another, are turning to IT professionals to help separate the wheat from the chaff. According to a recent study conducted by an online employment services company, seven in ten employers (70%) use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process. And an estimated 43% of employers are using social media to keep tabs on current employees.
The amount of information available on social media platforms is staggering. It is estimated that more than 85% of Americans have a social media presence ranging from the photo sharing platform Instagram to the gargantuan medium Facebook.
What is a Social Media Investigation?
A social media investigation, whether it is pre-employment or post-employment, is an intensive, in-depth examination of a subject's social media presence across all platforms, both hidden and public, for the purpose of revealing their character and trustworthiness, as well as to gather evidence of illegal, unethical, or immoral behavior.
It is important to know that if the social media investigation is being conducted as part of the hiring process then it is subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
There are hundreds of social media sites, each with its own particulars. All are subject to change – every day! Anyone conducting a social media investigation must understand, and accept, that there is no guarantee of success. However, there is a greater chance of finding and documenting information when a qualified, licensed professional is used.
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