25% of Hiring Managers Use Internet Search Engines to Screen Candidates… 51% Didn’t Hire Because of What They Found

logos.gifAccording to a survey by Careerbuilder, over a quarter of hiring managers have looked at the web before making a decision to hire a candidate for a job opening. Over half of those have made a decision not to hire someone based upon what they saw.

Here are the things that hiring managers are finding about job candidates online:

  • 31% – candidate lied about qualifications
  • 25% – candidate had poor communication skills
  • 24% – candidate was linked to criminal behavior
  • 19% – candidate bad-mouthed their previous company or fellow employee
  • 19% – candidate posted information about them drinking or using drugs
  • 15% – candidate shared confidential information from previous employers
  • 12% – candidate lied about an absence
  • 11% – candidate posted provocative or inappropriate photographs
  • 8% – candidate’s screen name was unprofessional
  • People now more than ever should realize that what they do online may have serious financial consequences for them in the professional world. On the other hand ‘smart’ professionals will use these tools to create a positive personal brand that will be easily referenced. On the positive side hiring managers found the following about job candidates:

  • 64% – candidate’s background information supported their professional qualifications for the job
  • 40% – candidate was well-rounded, showed a wide range of interests
  • 34% – candidate had great communication skills
  • 31% – candidate’s site conveyed a professional image
  • 31% – got a good feel for the candidate’s personality, could see a good fit within the company culture
  • 23% – other people posted great references about the candidate
  • 23% – candidate was creative
  • 19% – candidate received awards and accolades 
  • Read Careerbuilder’s recommendations and the full article at:

    One-in-Four Hiring Managers Have Used Internet Search Engines to Screen Job Candidates. [Careerbuilder]

    Also read:

    Employers Google Job Candidates, Check Social Networking Web Sites. [SmartPros]

    Employers Turn to Blogs to Screen Job Seekers. [Jist]

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