These days, we have access to endless amounts of information; you could potentially find good background information on anyone or at the very least, verify identity. The information found online does contain information that is useless (think “ten steps to learning Gangnam Style”), while some information can be pretty useful. There’s a new phrase we keep these days, which always manages to make us smile. When a question is asked – no matter how simple or difficult this question may be – the answer we constantly hear being thrown out is “Google it!”
Isn’t it fascinating how the world has changed? The world and it’s infinite information is literally at our fingertips any time of the day, available to get or verify any type of information.
Google contains everything. And we mean everything. So why not make use of this useful tool when going through the interview process?
Google search your applicant for any important information they might be hiding from you. If he or she has been involved in any illegal shenanigans you might be able to read about it online and even use the information as part of some sort of employment background screening. If your applicant really did win a Nobel Peace Prize for working in the Indian Slums, you’ll be able to double-check it with Google.
Social media is also your friend. Use it to gain insights into your candidate. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – these are all the craze these days. Check your applicant’s online profile using these apps. Your applicant probably won’t be boasting their two-week beer binge on their Linkd In profile #justsaying.
By doing a little productive surfing on the Internet, you’ll most likely gain insights you would never normally get from an interview or a CV.
How do you know what to look out for on social media? Anything. Really. People often forget that what they put on the Internet, stays on the internet – and not in the Vegas sense of the saying. The Internet exists for everyone. So when you post a picture of yourself being arrested for drunk driving, the whole world can see it, you can see the downfalls of this for a job applicant if they are not careful, but a huge benefit in the research phase of an interview process done by companies.
You’ll be able to pick up on things like who this person is, the friends they choose to surround themselves with, the places they frequent, their attitude towards their family, friends and work. Someone who has a status update every two months exclaiming how glad he or she is to be leaving yet another job will show you that this person might not be a keeper. Or someone who suspiciously owns one too many Mercedes Benz’s at an impossibly young age could indicate that this person might spend more than they can afford. Did someone say fraud?
The Internet. Who knows what you’ll find?