Organizations are increasingly relying on Internet searches and social networking websites to uncover detailed and private information about job applicants. Such Internet screening techniques have the potential to provide additional information beyond that found using traditional screening approaches. However, questions regarding the legality and appropriateness of this practice, as well as issues regarding the standardization, reliability, and validity of the information obtained, need to be addressed. The current work describes these issues associated with Internet screening and provides recommendations to help ensure this practice is used appropriately in organizations. Suggestions for future research on Internet screening are also discussed.
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Davison, H.K., Maraist, C.C., Hamilton, R.H. et al. To Screen or Not to Screen? Using the Internet for Selection Decisions. Employ Respons Rights J 24, 1–21 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10672-011-9178-y