Hiring managers might subconsciously be influenced by what they find on a job candidate's social media profiles, experts say. "You need to control the information you receive so you're only getting information that is legal for you to take into account," said James McDonald, a partner at Fisher & Phillips. A Carnegie Mellon University experiment using dummy resumes and social media profiles found that candidates whose profiles indicate they are Muslim were less likely to be called for an interview compared with Christian applicants.

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