More Employers Searching Online for the Dirt on Candidates

According to a study by Microsoft, 70% of HR professionals have turned down job candidates because of the candidate’s online activity and reputation. On the flip side, approximately 60% of Internet users admit that their online behavior may affect their professional and personal lives.  But only 15% of them actually think of the potentially negative impact when surfing the Web and posting content. 

The same study showed that online reputation also can have a positive effect on a job applicant’s chances. Approximately 86% of respondents reported that they have given credit to candidates who have a good online blueprint.  And half of them said that a good reputation can make a really big difference when it comes to making the final hiring decision.

Maximum PC reported the study, which was published in January. 

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