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Should Facebook be part of the hiring process?
What does your Facebook profile say about the type of worker you are?
A lot, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Northern Illinois University, the University of Evansville and Auburn University had four human resources professionals and students evaluate the Facebook profiles of 56 people.
After spending about 10 minutes on each, these four people — knowledgeable in the ways of the social network — scored the profiles based on five personality traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, openness and neuroticism.
Six months later, researchers compared the users' supervisors evaluations and found a strong relationship for behaviors that included intellectual curiosity, agreeability and conscientiousness.
Still, one of the study's authors said companies shouldn't necessarily begin screening job candidates based on their Facebook profiles, writes Todd Wasserman in this Mashable post.
"This offers a shred of validation," Don Kluemper said. "But there are thousands of studies that show personality tests predict performance. More studies (on Facebook as an indicator of job performance) need to be done."
How do you use Facebook in your hiring process?
Andréa Maria Cecil is managing editor at the Central Penn Business Journal.