Sunday, February 26, 2012

Facebook profile can predict job performance

Photos, wall posts, and comments give clues to how people will perform at work.


A brand new study had a total of six different raters at two universities (a professor and two students at each school) with HR experience examined profiles of 56 college students with jobs. Reviewing Facebook profiles for 10 minutes or less, the raters looked for the Big Five HR personality clues: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Six months later, the researches interviewed the test students' work supervisors and found those with agreeable profiles tended to be good employees.

Famous "red cup" photos of students partying were interpreted as students being popular and friendly. Travel experiences were viewed positively, as were wide variety of interests and a high numbers of friends.

Not convinced

Maybe this study should have had participants from the "real" working world giving input.
Roy Hill on wsj.com
This is nothing but shallow and wrong!!!
Nerudo Mregi on mashable.com
Interesting those who spam anyone to get friends might be more valuable to a company? Apparently 'fake' could be a virtue for many companies.
Trepasky on huffingtonpost.com
Here is a true prediction … People with lot’s of facebook activity, friends, pictures, spend a lot of time on facebook, instead of working.
Rw Numbers on mashable.com

Caution recommended

But no matter what some relatively small study tells you, in real life party photos **will** count against you.
Rita Friedman on wsj.com
I’m glad my HR department still uses Runes, Tarot Cards, and a Ouija Board. Facebook profiles? Ha!
Foxymoron on mashable.com
I look forwards to suing the first employer who asks me for my fb login and then later declines to hire me.
jcaunter on huffingtonpost.com

Facebook reveals

The people who consistently arrive late, sleep through meetings, and display little energy at the office are the ones who post between 2am and 6am. Imagine my surprise.
Jerry Stevens on wsj.com
If extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism are the standards in HR these days, no wonder their hiring recommendations are irrelevant. What do those things have to do with anything, unless you’re a salesperson?
Esskay Bird on mashable.com
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