Employment: Background information
Recruitment decisions are difficult. They are often taken under acute pressure of time. There are a number of legal risks, including the possibility of a discrimination claim from an unsuccessful candidate. If an unsuitable appointment is made, then the consequences can be very expensive, and on occasion disastrous.
As the Facebook generation enters the workforce and competition for jobs increases, employers may be tempted to look into candidates’ backgrounds. This is a risky strategy, says Timothy Pitt-Payne
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