In a recent study, the International Journal of Selection & Assessment published a study showing the 7 Red Flags hiring mangers look for on social media. Here they are in rank order:
- Potential Drug Use
- Provocative Photos
- Alcohol Use
- Disparaging An Employer
- Negative Diversity Comments
- Sexual References
Kind of no surprise with these, but the take home message is that it turns out a substantial amount of weight is put on social media data by hiring managers and attributed to personality.
I disagree with this, knowingly as a psychologist, that context is key.
A hiring software company specializing in ‘identifying risk factors’ using large data sets was on the right track with this using machine learning, but one of the recommendations I gave was for more precision of in-person character interviewing using the same methodology.
That, of course, cannot yet be trained by a machine.