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What are employers looking for on your Facebook?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by chhhad, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. chhhad

    chhhad Junior Member

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    Saw on the news this morning that people in HR are basing their hiring decisions on the comments posted by your friends on your main FB profile picture.

    Crazy or does it make sense?
     
  2. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Every little person wants to be big brother - lots of HR do that.

    Is it reasonable for a firm to do that? Imho, no, it 's utterly stupid and can lead to loses; unless we 're talking about a business that 's in a sensitive sector and requires extensive background checks.
     
  3. chhhad

    chhhad Junior Member

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    I agree. Although, being the devil's advocate, I could see the benefit employers get; the persona at a job interview and in "real life" can be 2 very different things...
     
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    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    This is why you

    1. Set your facebook to private so they can't see your friends.
    2. Do not use a picture of yourself as your profile pic.

    Or you could just delete your Facebook,and spend your time on more productive things.
     
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  5. chhhad

    chhhad Junior Member

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    I'm not going to go into hiding because some HR stuck up is snooping around. Private is a good way to go though, unless you one of those "open book" types.
     
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    Thats why my facebook account is private, doesnt use my real name, AND it uses a different email address. I knew companies would do shit like this. They're looking for all your party pictures and how you conduct yourself out in public. You won't catch my Vegas nights at work. LOL I just had a buddy of mine get fired because he was out on stress leave and went to party in Vegas, posted his pics to Facebook, and lost his job. Some other co-worker anonymously submitted his pics to HR. Be VERY CAREFUL with your facebook and who you invite as so called "friends".

    -erniedawg
     
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  7. Aegroeg

    Aegroeg Regular Member

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    Apparently some companies are asking for your password. Well no, they were telling people to give out passwords or they wouldn't be considered. A kind of " Well if you have nothing to hide you shouldn't mind " attitude. Mark Zuckerberg has claimed he is completely against this and if anyone finds an employer doing this not to co-operate. ( of course!..who would?! )

    I actually have my HR Manager on my friends list as she has been my sisters best friend for over 20 years. My facebook never contains rants about work thesedays! lol
     
  8. sirgold

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    Luckily I haven't had the problem of going thru HR first-hand for a long time (I'm on the other side of the fence..), but to me this sounds like the most retarded thing HR could do, not that they're known for being that smart anyways... Judging someone by a few pics on a social network is like trying to make a full, objective judgement on somebody at 2am on a Saturday night at a bar... When I have to hire ppl this method would have exactly the same value, job-wise...
     
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  9. ja1myn

    ja1myn Senior Member

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    I left my Facebook up while I was applying for a job and they still hired me and I'm still working there and I'm also still active on FB. If they can't see the value in my brains because of something SOMEONE ELSE posted on my FB, then they're a close-minded company and not worth working for, in my opinion.
     
  10. TheViceroy

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    I would just set your facebook on private so that only your friends can find you in the search results. Unless you're going into a field where you need to have a huge social presence, its none of their business whats going on, on your facebook account.

    Not to mention, is it really a good idea to be sharing all your info in public anyway?