/ Asked by Amee
Will employers really look at my Twitter account and Facebook page before I interview??
Answered by Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Some companies will take the initiative and look further into a candidates’ profile.  If your social networking site is available to be viewed by the public be sure that the information that is out there is representative of what you want your future employer to have access to.  Regardless if a company decides to review your social media page or not, I would highly suggest making them private or increasing your privacy settings.  If you are willing to put information out there about yourself then you need to know that some companies may use what they learn about you to aide in their decision making process.
Answered by Jessica, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Some companies do look at your social media accounts prior to your interviews. I recommend that you put privacy settings in place so that your information is safe; however, it’s always best to air on the side of caution when posting information about yourself online.
On the flip side, here are some tips to use social media to your advantage (provided by Stephanie Pavol, Social Media Manager at Cardinal Health):
1. Use social media to gather intelligence (for example, “like” or “follow” pages on Facebook where you want to work)
2. Use social media for networking and leverage your existing networks (for example, join groups or ask for recommendations on LinkedIn)
3. Establish your own online presence and brand it (for example, create a website with your resume and work samples)
Answered by Lauren, Hiring Expert at Johnson Controls, Inc., on Friday, July 19, 2013
It’s not at all uncommon that a recruiter or hiring manager will tap into the social sphere to research potential candidates, so consider using this to your advantage. Social media channels offer you a great opportunity to build your professional brand, expand your network, share and absorb knowledge, and participate in conversations relevant to your chosen career. An active social media account that demonstrates your expertise/interest in a particular field and your continuous engagement in topics related to your career path can be a great benefit. On the other hand, if you choose not to leverage social media channels for professional purposes, it’s a good idea to tune your account settings to private. This way you can ensure that any content you would not want to be seen by potential employers stays hidden.
Answered by Nikki, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Thursday, July 25, 2013
Any type of account that you have out there, whatever it maybe, has the possibility of being viewed by a prospective employer. My suggestion is if you are in the market for a job, you should really keep all those accounts private. Once you get the position, I would keep it the same. I have seen a few people that have ended up "seeking opportunities" elsewhere because of comments/posts they have made on those accounts. Not all organizations use it, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Good luck in your job search.
Answered by Kelly, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Thursday, August 15, 2013
Some companies do take advantage of social media when sourcing and interviewing candidates. Recruiters may be looking for groups or pages you follow or key words on a resume. In general, it’s best to protect yourself on line so be sure to set your privacy settings. Along the same line of thought, social media may help in your job search. By keeping active on your social media accounts and keeping your information up-to-date, employers may find you for positions they are looking to fill.
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