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It’s become a standard warning: beware of what you post on Facebook or it could hurt your job search! It’s common knowledge that hiring managers will often research potential hires by combing through their Facebook profiles. There are even people for whom that sort of “research” is their entire job.
The fear is that those drunken bachelor party pictures could come back to haunt you or that your private but passionate Justin Beeber fandom will somehow make you look less professional.
But maybe that fear is somewhat overblown. After all, put yourself in the hiring manager’s shoes. All he/she wants to know is a little bit more about you as a person. They want to get a sense of your personality to try to gauge how you would fit in on their team. If you’re just a normal person with normal habits, then why sweat anything?
Like the old adage says, if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear.
And maybe, job seekers aren’t looking at this the right way. I mean, you could flip this around.
Why Not Use Facebook To Do Research On The Hiring Manager?
If you can find out who is going to be interviewing you, then why don’t you do a little research of your own? What if you were able to discover that the hiring manager went to the same college you did? Huge leg up in terms of making a connection during the interview, right? Or what if you saw he/she was a big Oklahoma City Thunder fan? That would sure make for some quick and easy small talk to break the ice wouldn’t it?
In short, job seekers know that hiring managers can find out about them before the interview by scouring their social profiles. But if that’s such an important tool for them, it can also be an important tool for you.
Turn the tables. Before an interview, use social media to do research of your own!