Can we check up on applicants’ online profiles as part of our recruitment process before deciding whom to appoint?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 8 January 2013
Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

There is no formal legal provision preventing an employer from looking at any publicly available material before offering an individual a job, including social media. However, you should weigh the benefit of obtaining any information from these sites against your aim of conducting and carrying out a systematic, fair and objective recruitment and selection procedure. For instance, if you find information on these sites which makes you want to reject a candidate, consider how this fits with your fair and objective procedure.

Remember also that you should avoid considering information, which

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Emma-Jane Flannery
Arthur Cox

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