Q: Do you advise screening potential candidates’ social media accounts during the hiring process?
A: The goal of the application and interview process is to find the most qualified candidate for the position you're trying to fill. We strongly recommend against reviewing a candidate’s social media accounts during the interview process. By doing so, you could be exposed to information about the protected classes to which your candidate belongs. For instance, if you went to their Facebook page, you might discover their race, age, or religion. If your ultimate hiring decision was challenged, you would need to prove that those characteristics were not a factor in your decision.
We recommend basing hiring decisions only on the information you obtain through the application, resume, interviews, and reference checks. You shouldn’t need to get into the private lives of potential candidates to determine if they are qualified, and the risk of doing so makes it inadvisable in any case.
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