“About Your Blog…” Job interviews and Social Media


Your social currency, your digital footprint and therefore your social reputation is available online. This article explores social media and job interviews. Or at least I want you to help me explore it :)

Been for a job interview lately? I’m interested to know if you were asked any of these questions:
– I read your blog, can you explain more on your blog post ….
– how many followers do you have on Twitter? We noticed you are connected to some journalists, can you explain your relationship with them?
– what is your Klout score? Will you link and retweet and share our content if we employ you?
– how would you handle, or how have you handled disagreements online?
– who are in your social network – any politicians, vendors,
– we noticed you dont have testimonials from past employers on your LinkedIn account. Why?
– do you make Facebook friends with the clients of your past employer. Will you notify them on Facebook you are now working here?

Have you interviewed someone and had any of this stuff thrown at you by prospective staff?
– can I blog about my work and industry?
– I have a high level of media crossover from my Twitter followers – can I continue to engage with Press & public speaking!
– if I leave, I will be keeping my Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook connections I have built during my time with you. Can you put that in my contract?
– will you retweet my stuff and link to me?
– and usual questions eg can I use Facebook at work, is LinkedIn blocked at firewall. Anything else?


The discussion above is from Glassdoor – a site that asks staff to discuss their employer. In this case Engineers at Apple.
The world is changing has changed. What say you?


  • David Farrell

    Reply Reply November 29, 2012

    I rarely get to interview stage.

    It’s partly because I refuse to send a standard CV/Resume. I send potential employers my writing(s). They are my CV/Resume. It’s partly because I’m such a psycopath/sociopath (but that’s what makes me such a great writer).

    My last interview was on Skype for a Writing/Social Media/PR Consultancy job.

    I was upfront. I have total confidence in my writing skills, but didn’t pretend I was any Social Media expert. I just said, I use Social Media a bit, but I’m a fast learner.

    The next interview I get? I’ll be able to truthfully say, I know shitloads about Social Media.

    That’s the value of working 100/hr weeks for three months for $200. Sometimes the intangibles you get out of a job outweigh the wage.

  • joey

    Reply Reply January 8, 2013

    that’s what makes me such a great writer .

  • Ursula Williams

    Reply Reply February 2, 2013

    Social media is such a huge part of your online reputation. I like to think of my social presence as a ‘social CV’ and never post anything online that I wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see. While some people may think it’s unfair that employers screen potential candidates via google, I like to think of it as an opportunity.

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