One in Three Finance Recruiters Check Candidates' Online 'Footprints'

A new figure has been put on the number of bosses going online to scout out the backgrounds of potential new recruits, with one in three employers in the accounting and finance sector admitting to checking people's social media footprint. 

The survey by staffing expert Robert Half found that employers, while not yet carrying out all of their recruitment process online, certainly used the internet as an important tool to check out people’s history and credentials. 

Robert Half director, Andrew Brushfield, said that no one could afford to underestimate the modern power of the internet – whether they are recruiters or ‘recruitees’.

"Given this reality, candidates need to be aware of their social media 'footprint' when applying for jobs," he said.

"As a general rule of thumb, if there is anything online that employees don't want their colleagues or bosses to see, they should remove it."

Geoff Newman from flat-fee recruitment agency Recruitment Genius questions the legality of this activity but also admits there is little that can be done. 

“To take a candidate’s online reputation into consideration the employer should first get consent of the candidate. However it is almost impossible to prove this activity has been done and all employers have to do is delete their cookies. Hence all candidates should ensure their ‘netrep’ is honest and professional.

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