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Rejection of applicants for Facebook

18 September 2015 / 17:09:44  GRReporter
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Information, music, films, games and social networks constitute the daily round of Greeks on the Internet, the youngest of them being among the most active users. At the same time, almost every other human resources manager uses social networks when he or she receives a resume to examine the job applicant and one in three rejects the potential employee because of his or her behaviour on these same social networks.

These are the results of a Focus Bari survey presented by company Executive Director Valeria Tsami at the 4th Congress of e-Business World 2015 that was organized by Smartpress in a central Athens hotel.

According to the survey that was carried out in the country among respondents aged between 13 and 70 years at the end of the first half of this year, 74% of the population have a computer, 72% are connected to the Internet, 71% use combined services (double play - fixed telephone and internet, and triple play - fixed telephone, internet and television), 58% deal with social networks, 54% have a smartphone and 27% buy electronic products.

94% of internet users use the global network to obtain information every day, 80% to listen to music and play games, 78% to enter social networks, 65% to send and receive emails and 37% for on-line purchases.

The survey makes significant findings on how human resources managers use social networks when they need to consider and appoint staff. Valeria Tsami presented the results of a quantitative survey of 100 such leaders, which shows that social networks are already occupying an important place as a recruitment tool.

The human resources staff uses networks to search for more information about the job applicaants: 44% of managers use social networks even upon receiving the CV of the candidate, 11% after the first interview and 15% in the middle of the selection and appointment procedure.

Most importantly, however, the younger generation should be aware that one in three managers rejects an applicant because of his or her behaviour on social networks: 19% for discovering lies about the qualities of the applicant, 13% because the applicant has posted inappropriate photos, 11% because he or she has posted inappropriate comments and 7% because they have found negative comments from a previous employer.

Moreover, based on Focus Bari survey data, 90% of the children aged between 7 and 12 years have access to a computer and 81% have an internet connection. The main activity in this age group is games and 41% of the 10-12 age group use the Internet for lessons.

2% of children aged 7-9 years have social network profiles and the percentage increases to 13% in the 10-12 age group. The survey has also established that 64% of those born between 1980 and 2000 use social networks and 58% do so several times per day.

Tags: Social networksInternetUsersHuman ResourcesApplicants
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