Date
20 November 2017
Human resource managers scour social media to seek information about job applicants. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg
Human resource managers scour social media to seek information about job applicants. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg

Reminder to job applicants: Be careful what you post on Facebook

Job seekers, watch out. Potential employers may be checking on your Facebook accounts.

About 36 percent of Hong Kong managers in charge of recruitment said they would search for information about job applicants through social media to assess their background and personality in addition to face-to-face interviews and psychological tests, according to a survey by human resources consultancy Hudson.

Some said they also pay visits to online forums or labor union websites that are related to the industries their firms are in.

The survey, part of Hudson’s effort to determine the employment situation in the city this year, was conducted in November last year. A total of 243 local employers and employees were interviewed.

While seven in 10 employees said they feel confident about their online activities, human resource consultants remind job seekers to be discreet about what they say online and avoid uploading obscene pictures and using foul language on social media, or they could lose their chance of landing a sought-after job.

Gary Tang, a supervisor at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, said job seekers should refrain from revealing information about their employers or expressing discontent online.

They should remember that prospetive employers tend to conduct online searchers on job applicants’ private lives, Tang said.

According to the survey, nearly 70 percent of employees who are seeking new jobs listed higher pay as their top consideration while 56 percent were most interested in attaining work-life balance.

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