New Technology Can Get You Fired Before You’re Hired

Carol’s Summary:

A startup called Social Intelligence and its companion Social Intelligence Monitoring are the newest concepts influencing the hiring process and job security in the world of work. Social Intelligence scans through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, LinkedIn and thousands of other sources, to find any hint of bad character in future and current employees.

The software can only use publicly shared information, however, if an employee gets tagged by their friend in a not-so-flattering picture from college, the boss who has Social Intelligence Monitoring will be notified by a text message containing a direct link. The employee’s social networking information will be evaluated using categories like “Poor Judgment,” “Gangs,” “Drugs and Drug Lingo,” and “Demonstrating Potentially Violent Behavior.”

If a company decides to use Social Intelligence they become liable if an employee comes to work displaying violent or threatening behavior because these character traits should have been caught in the scan. The company also cannot punish an employee for past behavior. The concept of the software is to get an idea of who the employee is, rather than punish them for what they have done.

Social Intelligence is only a piece of the predictive industry. Among the growing industry is a company called Recorded Future that uses software to predict traffic jams, public unrest, and stock performance and Google which is developing a search that can predict the probability of employee resignation.

In the future, employees can expect employers to use a combination of data taken from resumes, interviews, work history, etc. as well as from social networking scanners. With this combined data, the company will be able to predict if their employee is going to steal, quit, lie, among many other things, and will stop them before they have the chance to follow through.

Use your best judgment when creating social networking profiles and other online materials. Even though updating your friends on your social networking sites might be one of your favorite pastimes, your audience is the entire Web. Stay safe and don’t let your online personality become a roadblock in your career.

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