Checking a job applicant's online presence (Toughest HR Question)

How far can – and should – an employer go when it comes to social media?
By Lorenzo Lisi
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2015

Question: Can an employer use a job applicant’s social media activity as a factor in determining whether to hire her? Does the employer need permission from the applicant to look at social media?

Answer: With social media and online networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, it is easier than ever for employers and recruiters to review job candidates’ online presence when making hiring decisions. But this raises new concerns, especially as the use of social media to conduct background checks can provide a potential employer with a range of information previously unavailable during the hiring process.