Cyber-vetting: part of the recruitment process or an unethical invasion of your privacy?
Some employers see it as a way of enhancing the recruitment process to ensure that they are recruiting the right person and that the applicant is applying for the right job.
However, this paper also highlights employer concerns about “….increased applicant dishonesty and excessive impression management in résumés and interviews….” and that the applicant’s “….ability, skills, and knowledge alone was not enough to gauge an applicant’s suitability”
The paper goes on to say that “Employers reported believing that cyber-vetting can reduce these risks by revealing the ‘whole person’ through applicants’ presumably uninhibited dialogues and behaviours online. Indeed, many of these employers considered social media more credible and valuable information sources than traditional applicant-provided credentials.”
Putting privacy issues aside (if you can), if this practice become commonplace, it might be a good time to consider your online presence, or create a new one, in time for your next job application
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