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One-fifth of candidates have 'concerning' digital footprints

An alarming proportion of candidates have 'red flags' on their social media accounts that would prompt most employers to think twice about hiring them.

CheckSocial founder and CEO Dan Holman says based on thousands of checks conducted over the past two years, 20% of candidates' digital footprint checks indicate risk factors, with 10% signalling serious major concerns.

The platform breaks down risk factors into three categories:

  • discriminatory comments, which includes things like racism, sexism, homophobia and ableism;
  • unprofessional behaviour, including bad-mouthing employers or co-workers, bullying, strong language, explicit content, substance use and controversial views; and
  • criminal conduct, including fraud, violence, illegal activities and security attitudes...
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