Oct 22 Posted 2 years ago
That is a very good point, Chris. Not all drinking is bad, just like not all crazy behaviours suggest a wild party animal. But that being said, it is very convenient for people, and in this context, recruiters, to err on the side of caution and deny anyone who "seems" to be unreliable.
However, it is the personal responsibility of anyone seeking employment to be wary of what they post or get tagged in on social media platforms. Facebook is primarily a social networking site, but employers rely on it for a convenient search on a potential employee, so the line between personal and professional faces can often be blurred.
I do think that both sides need to be more discerning: employers in using accurate metrics and predictors for evaluating potential employees, and anyone seeking employment to present the image that you would want to show to everyone, be it your friends or a potential boss.
Oct 21 Posted 2 years ago
Good post, Aaron. I work with HR people and recruiters and I find this research a little flawed. The five big personality traits found in this survey might be true in the context of the research, but honestly, many employers aren't connecting the dots this way. I've never seen "being an extrovert" show up on a survey of desired characteristics on an employer survey. And honestly, you cannot sugarcoat bad mouthing, no matter how you frame it. This piece is more of a finger-wagging at employers for what the reserachers think they should be doing. It isn't reflective of what they ARE doing. So before readers go thinking that it's okay to badmouth their current job on social media because your next boss will take it as agreeableness or being conscientious, think twice. Oh, and there's a difference in perception between a picture of you drinking a beer while on vacation and one depicting wild party behavior--another distinction not made in this research.
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