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The Rules Pre-Screening Con: Checks Are Dangerous
Experts against doing social media background checks say that they are dangerous, for several reasons:
1. In doing these checks, you’re bound to find out information about applicants that you don’t want, such as race, religion, age, etc. Even though it’s obtained innocently, that information could be used against you if you don’t hire the person. He or she can always say, you didn’t hire me because of my race, or because of my disability, or because of my family responsibilities.
2. In addition, there’s the danger of making a decision based on false information, either due to confusion of names, or purposeful placement of malicious information.
3. Finally, there’s also some risk related to invasion of privacy and misuse of websites, especially if you access information with an assumed name or under false pretenses.
Pro: Part of Due Diligence
However, the other side says, you must do such checks, because that’s how you’ll find out about the “real person.” Advocates of this approach say it’s now part of due diligence to do a social media background check, and if you fail to do it, events down the line could cause you to be accused of negligent hiring. For example, say a person turns violent and injures other employees, and a pre-hire Google search would have uncovered a history of violence.
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