Mostly what HR professionals are looking up online is pretty standard information about candidates, like LinkedIn recommendations. Fewer — but still quite a few — are trying to find out more controversial stuff, such as photos or what groups on Facebook a job candidate belongs to.
That’s the upshot of a SHLPreVisor study of more than 460 human resources professionals. The majority (53%) were in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with 39% in the Americas and 8% in Australasia. Here’s a chart showing what’s being searched:
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|What Employers Look Up||Currently look at||Plan to|
|Previous work history||46%||15%|
|Recommendations from others (e.g., on LinkedIn)||33%||19%|
|Other candidate information (e.g., hobbies, interests)||24%||16%|
|Candidate’s stated interests, “Likes”, current activities||21%||15%|
|Comments/links posted by candidate||21%||15%|
|Group affiliations (e.g., community or religious groups)||21%||11%|
|Comments/links posted by candidate’s friend||10%||11%|