Saturday, May 01, 2010

Webinar on Internet snooping

Okay, that's not the title. The real title is actually much lengthier but more accurate: "They posted what? Promises and pitfalls of using social networking and other Internet sites to research job candidates." Yours truly will be presenting this webinar--IPAC's first--on June 9th.

I believe Internet snooping is one of the elephants in the room when it comes to personnel selection--most people are doing it, but we don't talk about it. The way to deal with this is to get things out in the open and provide hiring supervisors with some informed guidance rather than pretend they're not doing it or deluding ourselves into thinking that blocking these websites at work takes care of it.

I'll be mainly focusing on two points: (1) why websites like Facebook and LinkedIn hold so much promise when it comes to gathering additional data on candidates, and (2) what the drawbacks are if you're going to do this. The latter includes things like ensuring authenticity, uncovering information you wish you hadn't, and finding the information in the first place.

It's free for IPAC members and $75 for non-members that includes a membership for the rest of the year. More details are here. Hope to "see" you there!

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