There’s been PLENTY of discussion about Recruiters and Facebook…seems the discussion isn’t about to wane by any means. As of last month, there’s a study from Northern Illinois University College of Business which found that by simply spending five to ten minutes reviewing a candidates’ Facebook profiles is a better predictor of future job performance than the usual personality assessments given to folks during the interview process. Who knew that by simply observing candidates’ behavior on Facebook, recruiters could obtain the same type of personality information that they would learn from an assessment test?
Thanks to this study conducted by Donald Kluemper, a professor of management – there is now substantiation to indicate that the information (some) recruiters were obtaining from Facebook does indeed have measureable value. Viewing photos, wall posts, comments, education and hobbies of one’s Facebook profile predicts job performance!
The legality of using social-media sites to screen job applicants has been a reoccurring and somewhat unresolved issue because employers may open themselves up to discrimination lawsuits (based on race, gender, age, and/or religion). However, think of the time and money saved if employers did use Facebook. Gone would be the need to purchase assessment tools, as well as the nightmare of administering the test(s). It would save time for the employer (we’re talking 5 to 10 minutes to do), as well the time and energy saved for the job candidate who has to complete the assessment(s). That’s a cost savings to all concerned!
Now I pose the following questions to all of you: If you were applying for a position, would you allow the prospective employer access to your Facebook profile instead of taking time out to complete a personality assessment?