This month we review Due Diligence’s online presence. When recruiting and hiring, it’s important to review and verify all available applicant supplied information. In today’s digital age, applicants often have a vast online public presence. This can be a great source of more applicant supplied information to compare for inconsistencies with the application and resume.
CI’s Cyber Investigation includes a review of an applicant’s online presence including MySpace, Facebook, LinkIn and Plaxo as well as many other social and professional networking sites. CI’s Cyber search also includes a review of archived or “cached” web pages. Due is still seeking employment and in the next CI Times we will review CI’s Cyber Investigation Report conducted on Due Diligence through which CI discovered Bad Diligence’s MySpace page, a page under Due’s alias containing several significant pieces of incriminating information.
Due has a significant online presence and has outlined a good portion of his employment history—much of which contradicts his resume—in terms of employers and timeframe. Several other inconsistencies in Due’s job application and resume can be spotted by reviewing more of his own posted information including job positions, titles and dates of employment. Date of birth, important for valid criminal record searches, could also be compared to the birthday provided on Plaxo and age displayed on MySpace with the birthday supplied by the applicant on his consent form (although a DMV report is suggested to verify DOB).
Due Diligence has two MySpace pages, one for Due Diligence and one for his alias Bad Diligence. Both pages are assigned to different e-mail addresses. CI discovered both pages through its Cyber Investigation because an e-mail address on Due’s resume was an address tied to Bad Diligence’s page. In Bad Diligence’s MySpace blog, he has bad mouthed his supervisors, co-workers and employers. Bad Diligence has joined MySpace groups related to marijuana, methamphetamines and other drug use in general. He has posted incriminating photos of himself showing drug use.
With more professionals having an online presence that includes pages on MySpace, Facebook and LinkedIn, much can be discovered about someone’s past just by visiting their pages. In fact, many companies have turned to reviewing social networking sites as part of their recruitment process. Due has used MySpace and LinkedIn to network and as a part of conducting his job search. Still, many employers have mixed feelings about viewing an applicant’s online presence. Viewing the information published online by applicants can be a valuable tool to screen out undesirables.
Many professionals are linked to both current and prior co-workers through the popular networking sites—and they may be less inclined to inflate job titles which they may feel safe doing on a resume. The public nature of these sites can actually encourage honesty as there are more eyes viewing the information posted.
Watch for CI’s Cyber Investigation report on Due Diligence in the next edition of CI Times. See the links to the right to view Due’s online pages to see if you can spot the inconsistencies and incriminating data he has posted.