Have you ever done a Google search on your name? What about on an applicant’s name? What you find may shock you. Negative information, whether it’s comprehensive or not, can damage a person’s personal and professional reputation. However, like with social media, when it comes to making hiring decisions, you must be careful how you use the information you find.
According to a recent survey sponsored by Domain.me, 24 percent of adults in general and 43 percent of Millennials said that they had been negatively affected by information about them online. More than half (53 percent) of Americans said that they have not monitored online information about themselves. Of the Americans who did search for online content about themselves, 20 percent found incomprehensive or outdated information – 8 percent found embarrassing or reputation-damaging information.
Consider how this could impact someone’s job search. You hear it all the time, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” Unfortunately, many people, including recruiters, do every day. A survey conducted by Cross-Tab on behalf of Microsoft reports that 70 percent of recruiters have turned down candidates based on information they found online.
When you’re hiring, you’re looking for the best candidate. Relying on information you find online could mean that you pass him or her by. Hiring decisions are too important to rely on whatever a search engine pulls together. With ClearStar, both employers/recruiters and job candidates know that the background screening information being shared is a truthful representation of the candidate.
In the past year alone, ClearStar provided more than 20,000 companies the information they needed to make smart hiring decisions that have helped grow their business. Shouldn’t yours be one of them? To learn more, contact us today.