In life, the people you associate yourself with says something about you; this is also true online. Nowadays, more and more recruiters use social media sites, such as Facebook, to research candidates. Most of you are probably wary of the content you have on Facebook, such as your status updates and photos, but have you looked at your Facebook friends? Here are some reasons why you should:
1. You are probably similar to your friends
You may have done a great job of removing all profanity and inappropriate content from your Facebook profile, but if the majority of your friends frequently post inappropriate content, or brag about their crazy weekend adventures, this could reflect poorly on you.
2. The number of Facebook friends you have demonstrates your social skills
While it’s true that the number of Facebook friends you have is not an accurate representation of your actual number of friends, if you don’t have many friends, it can also say something about you. It may mean that you are not good at building and maintaining relationships.
3. Your friends may have inappropriate photos of you
You may have untagged yourself from your friends’ unflattering photos of you, such as that photo of you passed out drunk, with food all over your face. However, that photo of you is still on the internet, and can still be found.
4. Employers may look to your Facebook friends to determine if you’ll fit into their company culture
When you join a company, you bring more than just your skills and qualifications; you are actually joining a team. Employers like to hire people who will fit into their company’s culture, and may look to your friends list to determine this.
For example, a company may have a particular stance on profanity, and may not welcome this in their company. If they see that most of your friends enjoy swearing online, they may assume that you are also like this.
5. You may have friends who work at the company
It is normally a bonus to have friends working at the company that you’re interested in, however, if you have a friend who was fired for being lazy or missing work, this may reflect badly on you too.
The people that you hang out with says a lot about who you are, and this is as true online as it is in real life. Be mindful of the people you accept friend requests from, and remember that first impressions are now made online. Make yours count.