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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles 209

New submitter sfcat writes "Companies, headhunters and recruiters increasingly are using social media sites like Facebook to evaluate potential employees. Most of this is due to a 2012 paper from Northern Illinois Univ. that claimed that employee performance could be effectively evaluated from their social media profiles. Now a series of papers from other institutions reveal exactly the opposite result. 'Recruiter ratings of Facebook profiles correlate essentially zero with job performance,' write the researchers, led by Chad H. Van Iddekinge of FSU (abstract). Not only did the research show the ineffectiveness of using social media in evaluating potential employees, it also showed a measurable biases of the recruiters against minorities (African-American and Latino) and against men in general."
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Headhunters Can't Tell Anything From Facebook Profiles

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  • Wrong! (Score:5, Funny)

    by TrollstonButterbeans ( 2914995 ) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @06:58AM (#45869671)
    This article only reinforces the value of social media in evaluating future job performance in the human resources industry. I'll explain!

    Since there is zero correlation, it is like reading tea leaves and a headhunter can reach any interpretation possible. Meanwhile, the zero correlation means any tea leaf reading cannot be falsified.

    Arbitrary opinions and no valid way of measurement --- which makes the interpretations completely subject to whim! It is the perfect industry, possibly only surpassed by the "how to write a successful resume" sector of the economy!

    With no right or wrong answers, what's not to LOVE!!!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @07:34AM (#45869785)

    Your willingness to pry into people's personal lives for money is evidence that you are an embarrassment to humanity. Please hurt yourself.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @08:47AM (#45869971)

    Don't fuck feminism - you might cause it to reproduce.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @08:55AM (#45869997)

    Feminism is using birth control because feminism is too focused on its career to consider reproducing.

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