Social Media Verification Why?

MUMBAI: With the #MeToo movement gaining momentum across the country, experts feel companies need to widen background screening, including social media checks, while hiring employees at higher levels.
Posts on social media platforms can indicate the behavior and personality of a prospective candidate, they said.
“Social media has a large role to play in today’s hiring. Posts on social platforms can indicate the behavior and personality of a prospective candidate.
“Not just the angry rants, but also who they follow, what they read, and where they vacation, can say a lot of things about a candidate,” TeamLease Services senior vice- president Neeti Sharma told PTI.
According to her, other means that companies can use to avoid hiring such “bad” candidates is doing a mapping or even meet them upfront.
For instance, globally, many companies map and meet senior or mid-level candidates socially to identify their personality traits.
Social tests conducted by some companies globally go beyond the background verification with the HR or their reporting managers.
“Receptionists, cab drivers, security guards, and women colleagues among others are also contacted to informally verify the potential candidate,”

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