Bad mouthing one’s employer and colleagues, exaggerating qualifications and displaying poor writing skills on social media are major turn-offs for employers.
Recruitment firm Hudson interviewed 274 employers from retail, professional services and banking and finance, and found nearly half of them conduct background checks on candidates through Facebook and LinkedIn.
Around 14% of employers said they will reject application from candidates if they spotted bad behaviour on social media.
Siddharth Suhas, director for Hong Kong & Southern China at Hudson advised job applicants to be honest about what they say on social media about their their qualifications to prevent losing opportunities.
Alison Chang, managing director of Core Search said social media is a good way to find out if candidates are providing true information.
“Recently I helped an American firm to recruit three management trainees. I went through the Facebook pages of the five finalists and found one of them, who had said he was against the umbrella movement during the job interview, using a yellow ribbon as his icon and foul language to criticise the government.”
“I removed him from the selection process because he was not telling the truth,” she said.
Chang stressed that her decision had nothing to do with the political stand of the candidate, and he lost out because he lied.
She added that job applicants should apply to organisations that share the same values as them.
“If you belong to the yellow ribbon camp why bother to interview a job at DAB (Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong)?” she said.