Drunken Facebook pictures may not always be red flags, researchers say

07/3/2013 | MedicalDaily.com

Companies increasingly are scrutinizing prospective hires' Facebook and Twitter accounts as part of their due diligence -- but many human resources departments aren't looking in the right places, researchers say. Alcohol or drug use typically is taken as a red flag, but such indicators actually say more about a social media user's extroversion than about their conscientiousness, a study found. "Companies are eliminating some conscientious job applicants based on erroneous assumptions regarding what social media behavior tells us about the applicants," said Will Stoughton, the study's lead author.

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