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Experts in the local staffing industry were asked for their views on the use of social media in recruitment.
Ina van der Merwe, CEO of Credentials Verification Company MIE
Many of our clients request internet searches as part of their background checks that they require to be conducted.
A lot can be learned about a person from their online profiles, often more than when talking to that person in an interview. MIE conducts a search for candidates’ online profiles and media listings. Looking at where profiles are, what those profiles say about previous employers, current employers and to some extent the social aspects of the candidates gives a potential employer an idea of the personality and history of the candidate. Combined with an interview, this gives a well-rounded picture of the candidate and will help determine whether the person is someone that would fit into the corporate culture.
Remember, any information you post online is like writing a postcard; it is accessible to anyone, so think carefully about posting comments or photos online.