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I most certainly research potential hires as well as intern applicants on social networking sites as a part of the evaluation process. There have been several candidates for different positions who looked fantastic on paper but had provocative photos and/or were fans of certain groups on Facebook that promote drug use or other severely unprofessional behaviors which caused me to immediately eliminate them from the candidate pool.
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Myspace used to be the first source but many have left myspace and moved to FB.
We have also maintained printout of previous employees who posted negative comments and information.
Company owners have also gone so far as to file suit against two of those employees.
Employees have also been terminated with cause for posting about drug use and all night parties the night before a sick call.
It's sad but it is a source used by many employers...
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