to make sure that there isn't anything scandalous online about you that could possibly hinder you from getting a job?
well not too long ago my firm was looking to hire a new public relations team member, and as the interviews were carrying on we found a specific gentleman that was our favorite.
he was good looking, had a great personality, and excellent experience.
we were in the process of bringing him in for a second interview when we did the good 'ol google and facebook search.
what we found on his PUBLIC facebook profile caused us to not only NOT bring him in for a second interview but to simply wonder how the hell a college educated, knowledgeable, public relations candidate was stupid enough to have the following be his facebook "about me".
i couldn't make this up if i tried - you need to read the whole thing...
I am awesome. I run shit. I had relations with your girlfriend, and yes I got it on tape. I scoff at those less fortunate than me (read: everyone else). I tend to laugh at the handicapped as well as foreigners. I am a firm believer that women are without a doubt the weaker sex. I know more than you. I am a ridiculously huge deal. I'm utterly gorgeous, you (most likely as a result of terrible genes or an unfortunate run-in with the business-end of a shovel) are not. I make fun of ugly people, because they are ugly and they deserve it. My social life is clearly something that you will never experience because you are ugly, unpopular, or a severe combination of the two. I throw shit onto my neighbor's porch because I am better than them and they can't do shit about it. My friends are also better than you and they will let you know it. I break other people's stuff. I do whatever I want without any regard for the repercussions. I intentionally ruin the environment via littering, not recycling, and other harmful action. I am an asshole.
the obvious lesson to be learned here is, what you do and say online can and will cost you employment.
but hey, at least i'm hoping this specific situation caused you all to laugh at his stupidity.
happy friday kids!
[editor's note: in regard to some of the comments - i obviously have a sense of humor, i also obviously can tell sarcasm when i see/hear it, and of course we all took this "about me" with a grain of salt. but in this current economic climate, when you have 100 qualified candidates all fighting for a position, having something like the above tied to your name and public facebook profile is a quick way to be taken out of the candidate pool, sarcasm or not... ]