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Swedish recruiters check jobseekers on the net

The Local/og · 13 Feb 2012, 15:14

Published: 13 Feb 2012 15:14 GMT+01:00

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“It’s advisable that people think twice about the self-image they allow on the net,” said Johan Treschow of the chamber of commerce, to Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The report, from the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (Handelskammaren) and the information company InfoTorg, has found that employers are keeping a very close eye on those applying for jobs.

In fact, one in four recruiters has used the social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook as a source over the last year, up from 33 percent the year before, and ten percent in 2008, when the surveys began.

The report comes from a survey of 892 companies, which was carried out in January this year.

The findings show that it is much more common for private companies to search for information on Facebook (42 percent) than public sector employers (32 percent).

As many people keep private Facebook accounts, researches noted that the statistics would be even higher if employers had access to the candidates’ information.

On top of the social networking background checks, the report showed that 97 percent of employers do reference checks, and 91 percent confirm their previous employment. 72 percent of employers confirm the candidate’s education.

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“With every passing year, more companies are becoming conscious of the fact that Facebook and Google are resources in the controlling of job candidates. And so workers must think of what information they’re putting out there,” Treschow said to DN.

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Your comments about this article

00:09 February 14, 2012 by Opinionfool
What! Swedish recruiters are only NOW doing this. The rest of the technologised world has been doing for about a decade and for signiicantly more than 40% of applicants.
07:27 February 14, 2012 by skogsbo
exactly, I can't believe only 40% are, it should be the first place you look when a candidate reaches interview stage. Google their name, check on facebook,linkedin and other associate site.

We do this for our house tenants back home, if it looks like they've had wild parties in a previous house, then they don't get to rent ours. The same principle can be applied to work.

If they claim to be stil employed, but they have loads of facebook posts throughout the day (ie in works time), then it says alot about the person. Plus no one wants a moaner working for them, it depresses everyone else.

I think in reality, many companies won't admit this tactic, so it's higher than 40% really.
09:46 February 14, 2012 by jamesblish
Who's got an open facebook account these days? I know of no person who has their profile open for any outsider to see. You try to check me up on facebook, you'll get a 90x90 pixel image of Sly Stallone and a "send friend request" message. Wonder how I'm perceived by the employers?
22:07 February 16, 2012 by grov_kvinnofridskrankning
@jamesblish they probably think your a boxer
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