Employers see online activity of job candidates

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    Jul 22, 2011 6:05 PM GMT
    This issue has been discussed in the past. After seeing a story on the news today, thought I would pass this on. Social Intelligence will provide employers information on the previous 7 years of online activity that can be traced to a specific person.
    http://www.socialintelligencehr.com/home

    There are companies that people can use to protect their reputation, but not sure how effective they are for the specific perspective employee.
    http://www.reputation.com/

    If you click on the Products tab, you'll see a free privacy scan.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    I have issues with this. I dont think its right for potential employers to see stuff like someone being gay, jewish, christian, atheist, and so forth. Employers should go out of there way to prevent this information from being found out.

    Even if someone lists some LGBT activity on their resume, it would be wrong for the employer to ask if they were gay. Same for googling and finding out...
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    Chainers saidI have issues with this. I dont think its right for potential employers to see stuff like someone being gay, jewish, christian, atheist, and so forth. Employers should go out of there way to prevent this information from being found out.

    Even if someone lists some LGBT activity on their resume, it would be wrong for the employer to ask if they were gay. Same for googling and finding out...

    No disagreement. I think it is important to be aware of what employers can do and how job seekers can protect themselves.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:34 PM GMT
    Its bad enough I have to admit to driving drunk on EVERY single application. They dont need to know how much porn I watch.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:39 PM GMT
    If it's out there, someone will find it. All's fair in love and war... and job searching.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    KardioTroll said
    JP85257 saidIts bad enough I have to admit to driving drunk on EVERY single application. They dont need to know how much porn I watch.
    Yeah that sucks.

    I'm not that afraid of what they find. Yeah, I post some provocative stuff on here, but if they're afraid of how I'll conduct myself in the workplace based on what I do in my own home then there's a problem.


    What's the problem? No one is under obligation to hire you, just as you are under no obligation to work for someone.

    If they don't like what you do at home, then you wouldn't be a good fit for their company anyway.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    While I follow the belief that if you post (as in physically, deliberately post) something on the internet then it's fair game to anyone, some things such as google searches are definitely private. Unless they were looking for child porn or something, it's none of the employers' business.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidIf it's out there, someone will find it. All's fair in love and war... and job searching.


    Lies! Moronic Lies! If all were fair in job searching employers would be allowed to ask me if I were gay. If they do, and I deflect the question, and they persist, that is grounds to be sued.

    So no, all is not fair in job searching.

    LIAR!
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Gaymerboy saidWhile I follow the belief that if you post (as in physically, deliberately post) something on the internet then it's fair game to anyone, some things such as google searches are definitely private. Unless they were looking for child porn or something, it's none of the employers' business.


    Even if they were looking at child porn, that is something for the government to handle not the employer.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:50 PM GMT
    Read about this a while ago and it is baffling to know how much information can be wrongfully obtained over internet. That is my my Facebook account is set to be completely private and I don't subscribe to any applications that you have to share you information with.
    Also I find it funny when people add their employers or bosses to their social networking and then post stuff that can put their jobs in jeopardy.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    asnextdoor saidRead about this a while ago and it is baffling to know how much information can be wrongfully obtained over internet. That is my my Facebook account is set to be completely private and I don't subscribe to any applications that you have to share you information with.
    Also I find it funny when people add their employers or bosses to their social networking and then post stuff that can put their jobs in jeopardy.


    Thats funny. My boss denied my FB account because he didnt want me to see stuff, ROFL.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:52 PM GMT
    Chainers said
    JackNWNJ saidIf it's out there, someone will find it. All's fair in love and war... and job searching.


    Lies! Moronic Lies! If all were fair in job searching employers would be allowed to ask me if I were gay. If they do, and I deflect the question, and they persist, that is grounds to be sued.

    So no, all is not fair in job searching.

    LIAR!


    A gay employer could just as easily determine that a job candidate is "too straight" based on his online activity. Or a straight employer may be looking for a gay guy to make his workplace more "diverse," and pass over a qualified straight candidate.

    And they are still "allowed" to ask you whatever they wish. Of course you can sue, but you can sue for anything. You may not have liked the interviewer's tie - it was too gaudy and busy... you could go ahead and sue for "mental anguish" or claim his tie caused you to go into a seizure.

    He could file a counterclaim, saying that you left a disgusting odor in his office which caused his employees to use sick time.

    And so forth.
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
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    Chainers said
    JackNWNJ saidIf it's out there, someone will find it. All's fair in love and war... and job searching.


    Lies! Moronic Lies! If all were fair in job searching employers would be allowed to ask me if I were gay. If they do, and I deflect the question, and they persist, that is grounds to be sued.

    So no, all is not fair in job searching.

    LIAR!


    A gay employer could just as easily determine that a job candidate is "too straight" based on his online activity. Or a straight employer may be looking for a gay guy to make his workplace more "diverse," and pass over a qualified straight candidate.

    And they are still "allowed" to ask you whatever they wish. Of course you can sue, but you can sue for anything. You may not have liked the interviewer's tie - it was too gaudy and busy... you could go ahead and sue for "mental anguish" or claim his tie caused you to go into a seizure.

    He could file a counterclaim, saying that you left a disgusting odor in his office which caused his employees to use sick time.

    And so forth.


    Its called anti-discrimination laws dip shit. Just like it could be sexual harassment to ask a women if she were married in a job interview, its inappropriate and unprofessional to ask people about their orientation. Just because it works the other way around doesnt mean its ok.

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    Jul 22, 2011 6:58 PM GMT
    And they are very flimsy. It's always he-said she-said.

    Please be civil.
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ saidAnd they are very flimsy. It's always he-said she-said.

    Please be civil.


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    Please present intelligent arguments, Kthxbye!
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    asnextdoor saidRead about this a while ago and it is baffling to know how much information can be wrongfully obtained over internet....

    I think any attempt to get information by hacking or bypassing privacy provisions should definitely be illegal.
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
    1) Federal anti-discrimination laws provide some blanket protection.

    However,

    2) State anti-discrimination laws vary greatly.
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:02 PM GMT
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    asnextdoor saidRead about this a while ago and it is baffling to know how much information can be wrongfully obtained over internet....

    I think any attempt to get information by hacking or bypassing privacy provisions should definitely be illegal.


    I dont think he meant by illegal activities, I think he just meant wrong information. Like I can find an article online that says Elvis Lives but it doesnt make it true.
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    Jul 22, 2011 7:03 PM GMT
    JackNWNJ said1) Federal anti-discrimination laws provide some blanket protection.

    However,

    2) State anti-discrimination laws vary greatly.


    Stop being retarded.

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    Jul 22, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    Such delving into peoples private lives could work the opposite direction for employers. If they are looking for the "perfect employee," they will be hiring no one. I will live my life and care less what Big Brother Employers hiring practices may be. I suspect that government is the worst offender.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:14 PM GMT
    The line that they used to feed us was, "Oh, WE don't care about your personal life, but someone ELSE might use that stuff to blackmail YOU into sabotaging US, so it's a liability for US."

    Huh?
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    Jul 22, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    For the most part I think it's pretty easy to stay hidden online assuming you aren't part of the tard's in society.

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    Jul 26, 2011 7:07 PM GMT
    Defenseon saidFor the most part I think it's pretty easy to stay hidden online assuming you aren't part of the tard's in society.

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    I agree with that assessment. Or you can always go in the other direction and have something completely neutral come up upon them doing an online search. for example some volunteer work you may have done, a website that would lead them to believe that you are a desirable job candidate, etc.

    Some might call it leading a double life, but I call it personal branding. :-)