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Facebook profiles and job performances.

on 02/21/2012

We always thought Facebook was harmful for our career, but if it was not ?

A  new study from the Northern Illinois University point out a strong correlation between your profile on Facebook and your hability to be a good employee.

How they did the study? The researchers recruited a group of four Facebook-savvy human resources professionals and students to evaluate the Facebook profiles of 56 users. The four perused each of the profiles for about 10 minutes each before grading them according to the so-called Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism).

Six months later, the researchers compared the evaluations of the 56 users’ work supervisors and found a strong correlation for traits including intellectual curiosity, agreeability and conscientiousness. The evalauations are, of course, subjective, but job seekers shouldn’t necessarily worry that they need to clean up their Facebook profile.

The things you can do and what it means:

  • a picture of you partying = openness and agreeablness
  • pictures and references to traveling = openness and adventurousness

The things you cannot do:

  • a photo of you being drunk = drinking problem !
  • have a too large number of number of friends on Facebook = extroversion

Some intersting statistics:

  • 90% of recruiters and  hiring managers have visited a potential candidate’s profile on a social network as part of the screening process;
  •  a whopping 69% of recruiters have rejected a candidate based on content found on his or her social networking profiles;
  •  an almost equal proportion of recruiters (68%), though, have hired a candidate based on his or her presence on those networks.

Their conclusion:

  • profiles were an accurate predictor of GPAs. “We can predict academic success better than a standardized IQ test,” Kluemper says.
  • there hasn’t been enough research yet to show a definitive connection between Facebook profiles and job performance. “This offers a shred of validation,” Kluemper says of his research. “But there are thousands of studies that show personality tests predict performance.
  • More studies [on Facebook as an indicator of job performance] need to be done.”

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