To search or not to search?

Risks and rewards of screening job candidates on social media
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2015

Is that job candidate too good to be true? Did he really go to McGill University? Will he call in sick every Monday because of his weekend warrior social life? 


When the answers to such questions are only a click away, it can be tempting for employers to do a little cyber digging through a candidate’s social media. But, along with the information gleaned, there are risks to seeking out personal information about a candidate, says Lyndsay Wasser, co-chair of the privacy group at McMillan in Toronto.