If you are currently looking for employment or considering
applying for a new job, you must consider your history – all of it.
Gizmodo took 6 of its employees and had Social Intelligence run
background checks. Social Intelligence uses your Internet and
social media history to run background checks. You should
check out your credit
report and dispute any
errors before your job search.
How does Social Intelligence
work? It looks up to seven years of your social data history, but
it stores nothing. Social Intelligence screens your history for a
handful of things like violent acts, racist behavior, sexually
explicit activity and unlawful acts. Basically, it looks for
whether you would be the kind of employee that would create
problems in the workplace.
Here is the process: Social
Intelligence runs a background check of an employee. If the report
does not find anything incriminating, it sends notice to the
employee that the candidate has passed and no file is created. If
the candidate flunks the background check, it creates a report and
sends it to the employer. If you don’t get a job because of your
social media report, you can request a
copy. All an employer sees is whether you passed or failed.
One employee has posted his
entire report which failed due to past drug use. The report
obscured his ethnicity, even his hands. It also blocked out a line
in his homepage that reads “I drink too much beer” because it was
irrelevant. It can track your personal email and tweeting. To read
more and view this report, click here.