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You can learn a lot about a prospective Employee with a routine search of social media.  You can find out about the Applicant’s private life, friends and opinions.  The information might be valuable in your assessment of the Applicants viability.  It doesn’t cost anything, the sites are public and you are not breaking any laws by checking them out.

Since your search involves Employment, you may still, however, be breaking laws.  You might come across a personal reference to thoughts you find inappropriate.  You might find that the Applicant is older than you thought.  You might find the site creepy.

While it is legal to look, some of the things you learn will be illegal to use in the employment screening process.  For example, using the age of the Applicant against them is discrimination.

Since you would never violate discrimination laws you decide to ignore the negative information that turned up on social media.  Now you should be safe.  That is, unless you are sued by the Applicant for discrimination.  Can you prove you didn’t act on the information you found?

Even if you don’t use the information, you have seen it and must defend the failure to hire if you are sued.

Understanding debt collection and background screening best practices can save your business big money. Building up front applicant screening into your business processes costs you very little, but saves you so much in the end. If you haven’t already, partner with a full service debt collection and applicant screening company to guide your business to a place of security and prosperity.


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