SOCIAL MEDIA AND DATA PHONES
One thing I’ve really noticed that has had an impact on the interview process is social media. Though social media can create a reach to more possible hires and promote the company, there are some negative things that have come along with the social media craze.
“I’m Up Here” Eye contact is suffering—particularly our younger interviewees are so used to communicating by looking down into the palm of their hands, texting onto a phone screen. Where did the face-to-face communication skills go?
When I’m out at dinner with my husband, I have to enforce a rule that there are no phones at the table. For a while, I wouldn’t be able to get any eye contact from him as he would be really interested in the game stats, his Twitter account, and any other phone application that distracted him. #NotOkay.
Even though the phones nowadays are amazing technical advances, practice eye contact whenever you are speaking with someone. Today’s phone allows us to communicate with each other without really seeing, speaking or engaging with each other. Look up…I’m not in the palm of your hand, I’m up here.
Talk to Me Speaking of suffering, speech and vocal tones are abominable! I’ve had someone come into an interview speaking in hashtags! Don’t get me wrong, I like a good hashtag, but not in an interview! Please speak in full sentences…please.
I’ve had so many people who come in to answer my interview questions with a mumble this and a mumble that. I can barely understand what people are saying and find myself nodding slowly trying to figure out what was just said.
It all goes back to that dang phone. I know the world of texting and messaging is super speedy, but I suggest you pick up the phone every once in a while to practice speaking to someone. We communicate without speaking anymore and it’s a problem. Don’t let your voice be lost—speak up!
Facebook and Twitter As a hiring manager, I’ve used Facebook and Twitter to check out the person behind the resumes. Sometimes, I find out much more than I bargained for. ..
One potential hire posted all sorts of pictures of herself as a go-go dancer, aided by comments and taglines that only made me question her work ethic. Obviously, this young woman really liked the attention she received from these half-naked photos she kept posting of herself, but failed to realize that once you put it on the internet, the whole world has access to it.
Another young man I had interviewed for an administrative position posted pictures of his weekends which included heavy drinking and silly college pranks. For my own taste, I was looking for someone more serious whom I could rely on to get the job done.
In another instance, I checked Twitter for information about a lady I was looking to hire. She was extremely passionate about political views on her Twitter account, but it was to the point of putting other political affiliations down with exaggeration and close-mindedness. At our office, we don’t discriminate against our employees for any beliefs, thus we wouldn’t want any employee to do so.
Think about it… Think of Facebook and Twitter as “free information” for the public. You’re putting out information and pictures about yourself and allowing others to make judgments and assessments about you. Be careful about what you post on your social media sites.
Good News You CAN control what goes onto your social media—you can list the hobbies you love and can still post tasteful pictures that allow for some insight into your personality.