Employers may soon be asking job candidates to undergo social media checks to ensure they have no online skeletons in the closet, according to a recent Age article.
But rather than trawling through a job candidate's social media history themselves the article suggests hiring managers will seek out the services of specialist online background checking agencies.
One of these is the US firm Social Intelligence which offers to review what a prospective employee has said or done online in the past seven years, the article claims.
Information that the company passes onto hiring managers includes racist remarks, drug references, explicit imagery or messages as well as mentions of violent activity.
The company claims it does not provide potential employers with references to a candidate's religion, race, martial status, disability or other information protected under employment laws.
Importantly, job candidates must agree to an online employment check and are advised if any adverse information is found.
What do you think – should online background checks be embraced?