Jobseekers are becoming more internet savvy
Jobseekers are becoming more internet savvy, as a recent report found that half of all candidates use social media for interview prep.
The report from marketing specialists Digimax, found that 22% of job candidates confessed to checking out their interviewers on social media, with a further 18% saying they use this opportunity to take a closer look at the interviewer’s work.
However, this online sleuthing goes both ways, as 73% of employers claim to have searched an applicant's social media before an interview.
When looking at their candidates online, 82% of employers are interested in their candidate’s ability to correctly use grammar. 59% check on an applicant’s spelling abilities and 32% look for any references to inappropriate conduct, such as drug references.
It’s clear that candidates are paying more attention to cleaning up their social media sites, as 17% of candidates say that they have regretted an online post and removed it for job hunt related reasons.
15% of candidates even temporarily deactivate their Facebook account when on the hunt for a new job.