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Old 09-08-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Providence
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Personally, I think it should be illegal b/c what if they get a ditsy intern to do the googling of the final candidates and he/she finds all kinds of dirt on "you" and then doesn't realize that it is even you and you don't get the job b/c of some other schmuock? Or what if someone is posting pure lies about you online (eg., an ex) or created an unauthorized face book page on you b/c they don't like you? Just sayin'...

Yea, I've googled myself and typed my name into facebook. There are people with my name with questionable profile photos on facebook so that is worrisome. Hopefully they would look a little further to make sure it isn't the same person.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:34 AM
 
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Interesting...I was just about to post something about this. Is it ok to post a pic of yourself in linkedin? I just don't want to be ruled out of an interview on the way that I look and I am sure some employees judge a book by it's cover.
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Old 09-08-2010, 11:42 AM
 
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OMG... I Googled myself and found out that I sell Chevrolets in KY, have a baby with a woman in GA named Amanda I've never met and also spend time as an environmantalist in CA...
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, trying to leave
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Employers absolutely google candidates names. Everyone should control the top few results in Google when their name is searched. Maintaining your online identity is an essential part of a job hunt.
Thats not an option if you have a fairly common name, unless you feel like Googlebombing your own name.
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Old 09-08-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Im curious, when one "googles"..what exactly is he/she are looking for?

The TV shows one watches? What radio stations and music that they listen too? Favorite movies? Where they had went on vacation? Most of the stuff I see on Facebook is so of little value and trivial I can't see the purpose of it. Why would an employer care if one would rather watch Leave it to Beaver than Cougar Town or if they either like/hate actress Betty White? Farmville? Why would they care? I can see it now..somebody didn't get that job because he doesn't like Betty White !!

My neighbor is a HR manager and he was telling me that he "googles" to see who in his company and those who had applied for work if they had done porn in the past. OK but isn't there a service ( website ) already for employers to find out such stuff already? My brother was telling me not that long ago that he has heard that there is a paid site where people can find out if so and so had done adult movies. Looking back now the few adult films I did see ( yes I admit to it ) DID open up with the fact that the real names of the actors are on "record". Guess that expalins it.
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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Employers (read HR peons for the most part) who google applicants simply don't trust their own judgement.

Background checks should tell them all they need to know rather than someone posting on the net with the same name as the applicant (gasp) who is in all likelihood not even said applicant........
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Old 09-08-2010, 01:58 PM
 
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I googled myself and found several college professors and various other people, but nobody bad. I got over 1,100 hits on Facebook, but I'm the only one with my name who lives in this town.

You see basic bio on facebook if you aren't a friend, but even if you saw my entire account there wouldn't be anything bad.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Ayrsley
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Im curious, when one "googles"..what exactly is he/she are looking for?

The TV shows one watches? What radio stations and music that they listen too? Favorite movies? Where they had went on vacation? Most of the stuff I see on Facebook is so of little value and trivial I can't see the purpose of it. Why would an employer care if one would rather watch Leave it to Beaver than Cougar Town or if they either like/hate actress Betty White? Farmville? Why would they care? I can see it now..somebody didn't get that job because he doesn't like Betty White !!

Well...that is just a bit silly. I think they are looking for stuff that may make them consider the character of the person they are hiring. For example, if the person has an open FB page or blog in which they are trashing their current / previous company by name...you don't want to hire someone who may publicly discuss your company in the same manner.

I would also pause if I saw evidence of a candidate engaging in illegal activities - if there's a photo of them snorting a line off of a bathroom counter...nope. Or something like a blog of their recent epic parties accompanied by shots of them doing beer bongs or what not. Or if you see your candidate is appearing in the next installment of Girls With Low Self Esteem (Girls Gone Wild).

And even if they did engage in such activities...I'd like to know they have enough sense to keep the on-line evidence locked down.
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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No I don't, they googled you before you were called to interview.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:36 PM
 
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Well...that is just a bit silly. I think they are looking for stuff that may make them consider the character of the person they are hiring. For example, if the person has an open FB page or blog in which they are trashing their current / previous company by name...you don't want to hire someone who may publicly discuss your company in the same manner.

I would also pause if I saw evidence of a candidate engaging in illegal activities - if there's a photo of them snorting a line off of a bathroom counter...nope. Or something like a blog of their recent epic parties accompanied by shots of them doing beer bongs or what not. Or if you see your candidate is appearing in the next installment of Girls With Low Self Esteem (Girls Gone Wild).

And even if they did engage in such activities...I'd like to know they have enough sense to keep the on-line evidence locked down.
It IS silly but then again you DO have those who feel that if one would say on Facebook that he/she would rather watch I Love Lucy than some current reality show then they must be "..living in the past" which could be the kiss of death at least in some cases when one is looking for employment, that is if the employer feels that there is "something wrong" with someone watching I Love Lucy. You may be surprised at how many who would feel that way.

Another ( perhaps better ) example, my 60 year old uncle believes that amusement parks are strictly for young kids and nobody else. That is how he feels and for him its always been that way. So if he was an HR manager and saw some 30 year old's Facebook page that had shown pics of the 30 year old visiting Cedar Point or some other amusement park well chances are right of the bat he won't hire that person only because that "old guy" ( the 30 year old ) likes amusement parks.

In other words, looking for illegal stuff and/or trashing their former/current employer is one thing but outside of that when one's personal opinions could be a factor in making a decision...that shouldn't be allowed.
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