Jobvite's 'Social Recruiting Survey' analysed more than 1600 recruiters to reveal what they want and don't want to see on candidates' social media profiles
Emily is editorial assistant for CorpComms Magazine
More than half of recruiters claim they visit potential employees' social media accounts to see if they will fit with their corporate culture, according to a new study.
Almost half visit the site to check whether a candidate's listed qualifications and experience concur with what it written on their profile, while 44 per cent are looking for a spark of creativity.
The Social Recruiting Survey, conducted by job recruitment company, Jobvite, analysed 1600 recruiters and found 94 per cent use or plan to use social media during the recruitment process. And almost eight in ten recruiters have hired an employee through a social media site.
Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are still the social networks of choice for recruiters. However, blogs, YouTube, Yammer and Instagram are becoming increasingly popular sites to source talent.
LinkedIn remains as the most popular site with more than nine in ten using it to search, contact, vet or keep tabs on candidates.
Unsurprisingly, any reference to use of illegal drugs deters more than 80 per cent of recruiters. More than 60 per cent claim bad language, spelling and grammar will produce a negative reaction from them. And almost half do not like to see photos of candidates drinking alcohol.