Of course you already know to be careful regarding what you post and write on social media sites, right? Think you’ve been careful enough?
As “social media” background checks become more commonplace, you might be surprised as to just how much seemingly innocuous information can be used against you.
Mat Honan of Gizmodo just published a great piece on how he actually failed a “social media” background check. He writes:
We ran background checks on six Gizmodo employees, including our editor in chief Joe Brown, and all but one came back clean. When it doesn’t find anything incriminating on a potential employee, it simply issues a notice that the employees passed (see below) and doesn’t generate a file.
And then there’s me. I flunked hard. When that happens, Social Intelligence creates a report, which it would then send to an employer. And if you don’t get a job because of your social media report, you can request a copy. Mine’s filled with delightful details, like “subject admits to use of cocaine as well as LSD,” and “subject references use of Ketamine.”
Basically, I may never work again.
Check out the entire piece when you get a chance. It’s quite enlightening: