Your Facebook profile 'can help employers predict your job performance'
London, Feb 23 (ANI): The idea of a potential boss trawling through your drunken pictures on Facebook can be a source of great fear, but according to a new study your profile can be used to quickly predict if you'll be a good worker or a straight-A student.
The study is part of a U.S. study, which found that employers are able to tell how good you will be at a job based on your Facebook profile, the Daily Mail reported.
For the study, the researchers considered photos, hobbies and a person's number of friends before answering questions such as "how dependable is this person?"
They found that there was a strong correlation between someone's job success and certain characteristics displayed on a Facebook page.
These included a high number of friends, a wide range of interests and photographs showing far-flung travels, as these demonstrate agreeability.
Researchers also found that photographs of partying were overall seen to be positive as it showed the person was more sociable and extroverted.
The study, carried out by Northeastern Illinois University, the University of Evansville and Auburn University, asked a professor and two students to look through the profiles of 56 employed students.
They looked at each profile for 10 minutes and considered information such as pictures, comments, friends and interests.
According to the Wall Street Journal, they then answered questions about the person's personality, such as "Is this person dependable?" and "How emotionally stable is this person?"
Six months later, the results were compared with employee evaluations from the students' supervisors.
The researchers found a strong connection between job performance and the scores for traits including conscientiousness, agreeability and curiosity.
Results showed that there was a connection between high scores in these areas and the person's success in the working world.
The findings come amid reports that employers could ask candidates for their Facebook passwords. (ANI)
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