Social Media And The Hiring Process

By Pedram Tabibi

Imagine landing a job interview. How do you prepare yourself? You might read about the company, prepare for questions, bring your resume and arrive on time. Then, the interviewer begins by asking for the username and password of all your social media accounts. Surprised? Don’t be. Reports on emerging employment practices show your interview starts long before you arrive; it starts online with your social media accounts. Welcome to the age of the “social media interview.”

Emerging Social Media Hiring Practices

Companies increasingly rely on social media to support their business. From advertising to customer interaction social media is the future; however, social media has also entered business in ways that people have yet to understand. For instance, the hiring process has changed as companies increasingly rely on social media to search for potential employees. As a result, one employment practice has drawn the attention.

Specifically, some employers (and colleges) are asking applicants (and student athletes) to provide access to their social media accounts as a condition of employment. MSNBC’s Bob Sullivan reports, applicants to the Maryland Department of Corrections have been asked to log onto their social media accounts while the interviewer observes, a practice known as “shoulder surfing”…

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