February 24, 2012, 11:01 AM —
Photos, wall posts, and comments give clues to how people will perform at work.
A brand new study had a total of six different raters at two universities (a professor and two students at each school) with HR experience examined profiles of 56 college students with jobs. Reviewing Facebook profiles for 10 minutes or less, the raters looked for the Big Five HR personality clues: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Six months later, the researches interviewed the test students' work supervisors and found those with agreeable profiles tended to be good employees.
Famous "red cup" photos of students partying were interpreted as students being popular and friendly. Travel experiences were viewed positively, as were wide variety of interests and a high numbers of friends.
If extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism are the standards in HR these days, no wonder their hiring recommendations are irrelevant. What do those things have to do with anything, unless you’re a salesperson?
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