What to Look Out for in Social Media Background Checks

Posted on 07.26.2021

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Social media is a great place to gain information and learn about someone.

With the different platforms available and billions of active users online, you’re almost guaranteed to find information on your candidate.

A social media background check is the process of reviewing a candidate’s social media profiles to learn about them using public information.

Social media background checks can disclose information that might be hard to identify through job interviews and traditional background checks. For example, you can learn about their personality, hobbies, values, beliefs, skills, and more. This helps you determine if a candidate is the right culture fit for your company and team.

When conducting social media background checks, there are a few things that you should look out for.

Toxic Behaviour

This includes anything from violent posts, inappropriate comments, bigotry, profanity, drug use, involvements with other groups, or something else that might be concerning.

A person who exhibits toxic behaviour in their daily lives will likely also exhibit aggressiveness in the workplace. Not only does that decrease your workplace safety, but it can also create challenging relationships with peers and decrease the productivity and morale of your team.

Hobbies and Preferences

What a person likes to do in their spare time can tell you a lot about their personality. You can get an understanding of their friend groups and what they enjoy determining whether a person is credible and well-liked. This helps you see if they are a good fit for your company culture and will collaborate well with your team.

Qualifications

Even though you can see a candidate’s qualifications from their resume and interview, the information they give you can be exaggerated or inaccurate. It’s hard for candidates to hide their credentials online because their friends would likely call them out for posting false information.

Looking at their profile and pictures for a candidate’s credentials is a great way to verify whether they have the skills, qualifications, and experience you need.

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Anything a person posts online can have an impact on their image and reputation. You want to find candidates that show moderation, consideration, and responsibility online because that often translates to how they will communicate with you, their colleagues, and the clients.

At Triton, we have the solutions and techniques to help you conduct quick and accurate background checks. We support you through your hiring and organizational needs so you can feel confident about who you hire.

Learn more about how we can help you by calling us at 1-844-874-8667 or visiting www.tritoncanada.ca.