A recent survey of managers by a career website found that most of them do not have an established policy in place by which they reject candidates due to what they find on their social networking profiles, but that many managers do look at these pages during the hiring process.
Only seven percent of managers admit to rejecting a candidate because of something they discovered about him or her while looking at social media profiles, CBS reports. A small portion of employers - 1 percent - use social media posts as a criteria for approval and rejection as a rule, admitting to the survey-takers that they disqualify as many as 20 percent of their candidates based on what they find out about them online.
More than a third of employers look at candidates' social media profiles, possibly indicating that even if the content doesn't cost most people a job offer, it certainly does not go unnoticed.
Four percent of companies use social media to recruit candidates rather than to find out if a job applicant chronicles his unsavory weekend behavior in a public, online forum. The companies that use social media for recruiting primarily focus on professional social networking sites rather than sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Recruiters also told the respondents how they'd expect an ideal job candidate to behave with respect to their social media profile. More than half of recruiters recommend hiding at least some personal photos, keeping one's Facebook wall private and removing offensive posts - even if the candidate did not write them himself. Their responses also indicate that being prudent about social media doesn't stop with the job search - 48 percent of respondents said their company has a social media policy, and 27 percent said they're in the process of creating one.