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Firms use net to find out more about prospective employees

Employers are increasingly using internet networking sites to find out more about their prospective employees, according to Poolia.com.

The recruitment consult-ancy found that 66 per cent of clients regularly carried out internet searches on prospective candidates to help determine their suitability.

But Recruitment and Employment Confederation director of external relations Tom Hadley says: “Taking into account a person’s hobbies and interests would in general not amount to any form of discrimination. However, seeking some additional details such as photos or information on religious beliefs could leave you open to claims of discrimination unless you can demonstrate these factors had no influence on the recruitment decision.”

One of Poolia’s City clients, who wishes to remain anonymous says: “Sometimes it is easier to find out what is going on behind the CV before you waste time in an interview.
“One candidate declared in his personal profile that he was against religion and anyone who believed in it. Working for such a diverse company, I dropped that application like a hot potato. Funnily enough, he was not so quick to admit to that on his CV.”

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