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ERIC Number: EJ1178579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0883-2323
Decisions, Decisions: Cybervetting through the Eyes of Students
Melton, James; Miller, Robert; Jensen, Brent R.; Shah, Vishal
Journal of Education for Business, v93 n5 p252-259 2018
How do students believe employers use social media in vetting job candidates? In this instructional experiment, students evaluated three hypothetical job candidates who had divergent social media presences. Questionable content, even if through an indirect link, was thought to reflect on a candidate's character and was extrapolated to future work performance. Professionally related social media activity boosted perceptions of both the candidate's character and skills. A nonexistent online presence prompted polarized assumptions--most frequently that he/she was asocial, deceptive, or technologically inept. Findings from this activity can inform business educators and help students develop a sharper awareness of how employers might weigh the online profiles of job candidates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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