Dana’s Corner: Three Ways I Judge Your Facebook Before Hiring You

It’s time for another Dana’s Corner on the Blogher blog! Dana, the Director of Operations of our company, oversees all the hiring that goes on in the office. Though before anyone gets through the door, Dana gives their social pages the ol’ once (or twice) over. 

 Keeping a professional social presence is so important these days. Whether you’re applying to work in a restaurant or at a legal firm, you can bet that nine times out of ten, your new boss is going to check out your Facebook. Though social sites tend to showcase the “best” parts of us by showcasing only the facets of our life we deem worthy of making the page, they are still telling as to what sort of employee a person could potentially be.

 When I’m scoping out a potential employee’s Facebook, I look for these three things in particular:

 How private a profile is.

 When employers come across a mostly private profile they may think, “What are they hiding?” But I think a private profile can show a sense of self-awareness and an understanding about maintaining professionalism by keeping work life and social life more or less separate. Plus, oftentimes, just looking at the profile picture can be a big enough tell, even if everything else is private.   

 Status updates.  

 You can tell a lot about a person by what they choose to showcase to all their friends and followers. Mostly, I look to see if there’s anything negative being said about a previous place of employment. If they complain over Facebook about their current job, there’s a good chance they could find something negative to say about your business as well.

 The degree of partying going on in the photos.

 A lot of potential employees worry about having alcohol in their photos. It’s ok to have a social life and post photos of you and your friends enjoying a night out! In fact, I want to see that you have a lot of friends and get along with people, that you have a great attitude and know how to enjoy yourself! Just know the line of professionalism. If you don’t want your mom seeing it, you probably don’t want a future employer seeing it. 

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