If employers want to do their due diligence on potential new hires, they should just scope out your Facebook page, right?
Um, not quite. Per Forbes, rsearchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University and Accenture got 416 college students involved in their study. The students were applying for full-time employment and agreed to participate which meant researchers captured screenshots of their Facebook walls, info pages, photos and interests.
Next, the researchers asked 86 recruiters in attendance at the school’s career fair to review the Facebook pages and judge the job seekers’ personality traits. Oh yeah, they also had to rate how employable the candidates seemed. Keep in mind judgments were based on Facebook alone; resumes and transcripts were not included. A year later researchers followed up with the graduates who had landed jobs. Actually, the researchers asked the grads’ supervisors to review job performance. Although only 34 percent of supervisors from the original job pool got involved, the small number isn’t as significant as the findings.
One of the researchers wrote, “Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance.” Read more