Is there a way to safely use social media in the interview process?

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Thanks to recent headlines about the increase in employers demanding social media passwords of employees and job applicants, employers have gotten a quick lesson on the increased the risks of this practice, especially if the employer neglects to have the proper policies and procedures in place.

For organizations who still insist on reviewing social media data to determine whether an applicant would be a good fit in their organization, they See more +

Thanks to recent headlines about the increase in employers demanding social media passwords of employees and job applicants, employers have gotten a quick lesson on the increased the risks of this practice, especially if the employer neglects to have the proper policies and procedures in place.

For organizations who still insist on reviewing social media data to determine whether an applicant would be a good fit in their organization, they can start by appointing a social media screener not involved in the decision-making process. Also, the employer should implement a policy and procedure to identify who will be involved in the decision, what data will be collected, when it will be collected and from what sites, and how the data will be communicated to the hiring manager.

For more information, check out the McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC Labor and Employment blog at: www.PALaborandEmploymentblog.com. See less -

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