A study done by one of the top computer companies, conducted in the USA, UK, Germany, France and other European counturies, is trying to answer the question: “Until what extend are the people cautious about their online reputation and what do they do to protect it?” The HR specialists included in the survey also comment on whether or not the information found online about a candidate will influence their decisions when recruiting.
The results show a significant difference between the knowledge about the importance of the online reputation and the actions of the users. Moreover, the HR specialists in Europe and the US give different significance to the online status of a candidate.
As a general rule, most of the participants, believe that they can 100% control the information about themselves on the Internet, and they do not regret nothing that they have uploaded and more then half of them do not even think about possible consequences of their posts. Only 32% take into consideration that the information published by them could hurt a third party, while around 15% are worried that their virtual reputation can become a real problem when looking for a job.
On the other hand, the study shows, that the HR specialists are getting more and more interested in the information that they can read about the candidate when Google-ing them. 70% of the recruiters in the US admit that they have rejected candidates because of information about them found on the Internet. Among the most common reasons for that are inappropriate photos/videos, worries about the candidate’s lifestyle, wrong commentaries. 79% of the selection professionals regularly research the online reputation of the candidates while in 75% this is already a part of the standard procedure.
The experts in Europe also are interested in the possibility to research candidates online. Around 41% of the UK HRs have rejected a candidate about information found on the Internet, as would 16% of their German colleagues. The French and the Spanish are least concerned with the online reputation, but with the entrance of new international companies and best practices this number is steadily rising.