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Updated: 03/05/2013 21:15 | By Channel NewsAsia

Employers go online to snoop on potential hires: survey

Employers go online to snoop on potential hires: survey


Employers go online to snoop on potential hires: survey

SINGAPORE: Seventy—five per cent of Singapore employers use online channels to perform background checks on potential candidates, according to an online survey by JobsCentral.

The survey was conducted from August to September 2012 among hiring managers and HR personnel in Singapore.

The top three social media sites that recruiters use to snoop on job candidates are LinkedIn (38.4 per cent), Facebook (34.3 per cent) and search engines (27.5 per cent).

The survey also showed that over 60 per cent of employers would reject job—seekers who were untruthful in their resumes or interviews.

The survey also showed that most employers spend less than 60 seconds looking through a resume. Only 4.8 per cent of recruiters spend more than five minutes to screen an application.

More than 50 per cent of employers did not approve of candidates’ bad—mouthing

previous employers and sharing confidential company information.

— CNA/ck

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