Applicant Reactions to Being Screened by Their Social Media Accounts : A Proposed Study
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Social media (SM) websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedln give employers the opportunity to gain additional information about job applicants that the applicants may not otherwise share with the employer. This study examined how job applicants react to SM screening. Data were collected at two times, Time 1 served as the baseline and served as the control, and Time 2 was completed by those chosen to be screened via SM. After Time 1, participants were assigned to one of three groups: 1) a control group that received no more communication from us about the job posting; 2) a personal SM (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) group, where participants were told that they would have their personal social media profiles screened; and 3) a professional SM group (e.g., Linkedln), where participants were told that their professional SM profiles would be screened. We expect that the applicants screened via personal SM sites would react more negatively than those who were screened via professional SM sites and those who were not screened through SM. Participants screened through SM sites are expected to form negative opinions about the organization, would feel that their privacy was violated, and they would be more likely to reject a job offer or withdraw from the selection process. Since this paper is a proposed study, projected results and discussion are included instead of a data analysis.