“Surprise! There’s a Skeleton in Your Candidate’s Closet!”


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A few weeks ago, the great folks at ERE Media invited me to speak at the ERE Recruiting Conference in Washington, DC about what happens when you learn that one of your recruits has done something on social media that doesn’t mesh well with the culture of the company.

No, diversity and inclusion do not mean rounding out the team by hiring someone who posts her Halloween blackface photos on Instagram.

(BTW, I predict at least one blog post next week with a round-up of this year’s Halloween carnage.)

The DC sesh was only a half-hour, but we coved a lot from racist posts to online political discussion that goes a little too far to Instagram shaming.

Here is a copy of my slide deck. Unfortunately, since it was a 30-minute session, the slides lack substance. Fortunately, however, Roy Maurer was there to cover it for SHRM. His “What to Do When a Job Candidate’s Social Media Triggers Red Flags” is a good read.  And since Roy is a local baseball fall, his work undoubtedly convinced the baseball goods to give the Washington Nationals their first World Series ring.

Now, I’d like to hear from you. Do you use social media as a recruiting tool? Have you encountered something about a candidate on social media that caused you to hit the brakes?

Please email me and share your experiences from the recruiting trenches.



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