Before an interview, you've done your research on a company. But it's also important to research what they might have found out about you online too.
What are recruiters looking for when they conduct online searches on individuals before deciding whether to offer them interviews?
So, what will employers want to find, and what will put them off?
Anything constructive and positive will work in a candidate's favor. Evidence of involvement in community activities, a presence on a business network such as LinkedIn, and anything to demonstrate good communication skills are key attributes the employers look for.
So much the better if there is evidence of teamwork, or an account of some really special project a candidate has been involved with.
And what about the bad stuff? So much of what we do is documented somewhere online. Nowadays people have to be very careful. What seemed like a funny photo from university could end up costing you a job or an interview without you even knowing.
After all, the truth is that good interviewers, like good candidates, take time to do some research on the person or people they are planning to meet.
Research by ExecuNet showed that 77% of recruiters said they used search engines to find background data on candidates. Additionally, 35% admitted they eliminated a candidate because of what they found online.
The same survey quizzed job candidates, too. It found that 82% expected recruiters to check out their names on a search engine, yet only 33% bothered to search for information on themselves, to see what their prospective employer might find out.
In conclusion, it pays to be a little circumspect about what you contribute to the web, and where your contribution is placed. And since it's tricky to take back any words you might later regret, then do expect questions in an interview, and think hard about how you will explain yourself. That in its own right will earn you valuable points.
Detailed research and article - read here.
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