A study shows that screening candidates through Facebook postings is, like any blunt instrument, not particularly effective. Sometimes kids are just being kids. From Time.
Employers: Facebook Party Pics Don’t Always Reflect Employees’ Bad Judgment
A picture may be worth a thousand words, and party pics posted on Facebook speak volumes for employers sifting through job applicants, right? Maybe not. While recent concerns about employers plumbing social media for information about both current and potential employees have led many users to adjust their privacy settings and posting habits, a new study found that college students who posted images of themselves enjoying a drink or two, or even using drugs were just as responsible and hard-working as those who did not advertise their partying.
“People high in conscientiousness were just as likely to post about chugging beer or doing drugs as someone who was low in conscientiousness,” says the study’s lead author William Stoughton, a doctoral candidate at North Carolina State University.