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Social Media Background Checks

Social media background checks are becoming increasingly popular to screen potential employees, utilizing a candidate’s digital footprint to provide a wealth of information regarding their character and professional history. Although a candidate’s social media profile may not always accurately portray their true self, these checks have become an essential part of the hiring process for many companies.

The KRESS Social Media Screening service uncovers problematic online behavior and can complement your current background screening programs to identify quality candidates for a safer and more productive workplace. We help companies leverage bias-free public content in their employment decisions without the hassle of scouring the web themselves.

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Social Media Background Checks

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Why Social Media Background Checks Are Important

Did you Know?

  • 42% of U.S. employees have either encountered or observed racism in the workplace.
  • 30% of companies will steer clear of candidates with online evidence of criminal behavior.
  • On average, 1.5 million cases of workplace violence are reported every year.
  • 32% of employees are unaware that making jokes can constitute sexual harassment.

Gain Deeper Insights

Social media background checks enable employers to gain a more nuanced understanding of potential employees, offering insights that might not surface through conventional background checks.

Mitigate Legal and Reputational Risk

Recent years have witnessed incidents where employees' social media activities led to legal challenges and reputational damage for employers. Consequently, organizations now prioritize conducting thorough background investigations to mitigate these risks and ensure alignment with company values.

Detect Red Flags

Social media background checks are critical for uncovering potential concerns such as discriminatory remarks, substance use, and aggressive behavior. Identifying these red flags early in the hiring process helps in preventing the employment of individuals who might pose a risk to the company or its workforce.

Build Your Team with Confidence

  • Ensure a safer and more cohesive work environment by identifying red flags early.

  • Enhance the company's reputation by hiring individuals whose values align with your organizational goals.

  • Save time and resources by streamlining the process of sifting through candidates' digital footprints.

  • Mitigate legal risks by conducting thorough and bias-free social media background checks.

  • Foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by detecting and avoiding discriminative behaviors.

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Don't allow the complexities of social media to compromise your hiring process. Begin today to secure a team that upholds the standards and values of your company with unparalleled accuracy.

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Social Media Background Checks Offered:

Pro Report (Comprehensive)

Our most popular report! This comprehensive screening process provides a 'full scale' search with no limit on the social media platforms searched, covering up to 7 years of history. This in-depth report leaves no stone unturned in evaluating a candidate's online behavior.

Basic Report

This is a more compact report focusing on the top 5 social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. It covers three years of history, offering a snapshot of the candidate's recent online activity.

Public Content
Flags for Actionable Risk
Protected Class Safety™ Feature
Turnaround Time1 Business Day1 Business Day
Sites ReviewedUnlimitedTop 5
Scope7 Years3 Years

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Social Media Red Flags

While a social media background check can reveal positive aspects of a candidate's personality, it can also uncover red flags that may indicate potential issues in the workplace. Some concerning behaviors to look out for include:

  • Inappropriate or offensive content: This includes posts, comments, images, or videos that contain discriminatory language, hate speech, or references to drugs and alcohol.

  • Comments about previous employers: If a candidate has a history of speaking negatively about their past employers, it could be a sign of potential issues with authority or conflict resolution skills.

  • Inconsistent information: Social media profiles can often reveal discrepancies in a candidate's resume or job application, such as conflicting employment dates or educational qualifications.

  • Evidence of illegal activity: This could include posts or photos showing illegal behavior, such as drug use or theft.

  • Poor communication skills: Social media posts can also provide insight into a candidate's communication style and grammar, which may indicate their professionalism and ability to effectively communicate with colleagues and clients.

Social Media Red Flags

How it Works

The Social Media Background Screening Process

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Social Media Background Checks Offered

Step 1

Submit Your Request

Provide us with the candidate's basic information and consent to check the applicant's social media profile.

Step 2

In-Depth Research

Our team of experts conducts in-depth research into the candidate's digital footprint, including their online behavior on various social media accounts such as Facebook, X, and LinkedIn. This process can be done manually by reviewing a candidate's public profiles or through automated tools that scan for specific keywords, phrases, and behaviors.

Step 3

Receive Detailed Report

We compile all the information into an easily understandable report, highlighting any red flags or concerning behavior. You can review the report and make a sound decision based on the candidate's online presence and fit for your company culture.

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Get a Social Media Background Check with KRESS

At KRESS, we recognize the crucial role that an individual's online presence plays in reflecting upon your organization's ethos and integrity. Our dedicated team offers comprehensive social media background checks, focusing on business-relevant behaviors to deliver legally defensible, actionable results. We prioritize your need for privacy and safety by ensuring adherence to stringent data protection guidelines and laws, including FCRA, EEOC, and data privacy legislation.

Our process, combining advanced AI with expert human analytics, is designed to provide you with fast, accurate, and complete reports within 1-2 business days, ensuring a seamless hiring process. We also offer continual monitoring services, keeping you updated on any concerning online activities. Trust KRESS for your social media background checks and grow your team with confidence.

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Social Media Screening FAQs

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