“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 šŸ™‚

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?

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbesā„¢ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazineā„¢) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAgeā„¢). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

3 thoughts on ““About Your Blog…” Job interviews and Social Media

  1. 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.

  2. 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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