[IPAC-List] Facebook

Marianne drbays at aol.com
Mon May 27 15:19:36 EDT 2013

There may be an age difference moderating ... I know a lot of adults who do not have active Facebook pages, for a variety of reasons (no interest, no computer, hiding from the kids..whatever). This wouldn't raise my suspicions. But I have to say that finding absolutely no trace of a person on the internet does give me pause if they are in an advanced professional career track. It's so unlikely.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dennis Doverspike <dennisdoverspike at gmail.com>
To: IPAC-List <IPAC-List at ipacweb.org>
Sent: Mon, May 27, 2013 2:35 pm
Subject: Re: [IPAC-List] Facebook

I asked this question back in February and thought I would summarize the responses. As often happens, a number of responses took up a side topic, but a very important one, as to whether employers should look at Facebook for selection at all. The position taken by a number of responders was that Facebook should not be used for selection.

My original question though dealt more with whether as an individual, and not necessarily from an official HR point of view, you tend to trust people less if they have no information on Facebook or LinkeIN, or have basically taken themselves off the grid. I would have to summarize the responses by saying no one really agreed that they did. However, I will note that since that time I have talked to a number of individuals with hiring responsibilities who have told me that they do look for information online on individuals and if they cannot find anything they do tend to take it as a negative. at least in the sense that if they cannot find any information, they tend to simply move on to other candidates.


Facebook Trust Question? It would appear that a number of individuals who are looking for jobs or applying to graduate school are deleting their facebook profile. For example, I have a facebook jobs page, but a number of students recently have said - "I cannot join because I do not have a Facebook page." I am going to assume they did but have deleted it as they apply for jobs. So my question - do you trust a person less or have questions about them if they do not have a facebook page or it looks like they have cleaned up their internet history?

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