Could Your Facebook Profile Predict Job Performance?

by Elizabeth A. Bert on February 23rd, 2012

According to an article posted in the Wall Street Journal, researchers have tapped into what could become a new, and better, tool for human resource professionals trying to predict the success of job candidates. It’s called Facebook. Of course, human resource departments have been trolling Facebook profiles for almost as long as the social media site has existed.

A new Journal of Applied Social Psychology study published from Northern Illinois University, the University of Evansville and Auburn University,demonstrates how employers could learn more about a job applicant from 10-minute perusals of Facebook profiles than hours-long personality screenings.

Researchers evaluated the Facebook profiles of 56 college students with jobs, and then answered questions that centered around five key traits: neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness.

Six months later, the researchers matched the ratings against employee evaluations from the subjects' supervisors. The researchers then found that job performance and the Facebook scores seemed be linked.


Posted in Leadership Development, Personal Branding, Social Intelligence, Career Transformation    Tagged with Total Leadership Ventures LLC., Facebook, study, Northern Illinois University, job performance, college students, personality screenings, WSJ, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Wall Street Journal


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