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Social media background screening

Social media background screening

Updated on:
August 22, 2022


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What is Social media background screening?

Social Media Background Screening is the automated process of collecting and analyzing data from various sources, including the internet, social networks, and public records, in order to verify a candidate’s credentials for a position.

Social Media Background Screening is the practice of researching a job applicant’s profiles and activities on social networking platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and elsewhere.

Social Media Background screening provides employers with important data that helps them make hiring decisions, the checks can reveal information about a candidate’s criminal history, credit history, educational background, employment, and driving record, These screenings can also help employers verify a candidate’s employment history.

Red flags to look for on social media

If you decide to perform a social media review, focus on any warning signs on applicant profiles that could make you think they would not be able to do the job appropriately.

These red flags include:

  • Discriminatory, racist or sexist comments
  • Explicit content
  • Possible illegal activity
  • Violent language or behavior