Employers Using Myspace For Background Checks

Jason Morris

If all reporters read the employeescreen University Blog ,stories like this would be more interesting and full of facts! We have written countless times about using social networking sites to conduct background checks. This story focuses more on the recruiter using it as a tool, still a bad practice but not a violation of the FCRA.

By Samantha Anderson

COLORADO SPRINGS – There’s a growing tend in the number of employers going above and beyond the resume to check on potential candidates.

More and more employers are using social networking sites, such as Myspace and Facebook, during the hiring process.

Management recruiter, Ken Cantin, uses these sites as tools to get know his recruits. “It’s a lot easier for an employer when they can see what someone looks like.”

Job Analyst, Steve Fehl, said employers “want to see if you are the kind of person who’s going to fit into our culture, our environment, and are you going to be able to interact?”

But what happens when there’s just a little too much information on your web site?

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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