The truth won't get you a job
Like it or hate it, people are going to find out about you and your past by doing online research. Your social media posts and pictures will be judged by the companies that you apply for. It’s in your best interest to keep your nose clean because you can’t get away with anything in this technological day and age. If you’ve got crimes in your past, there are many companies that will turn you down for work no matter how qualified you are for the job. As unfair as it can seem, it just a fact of life.
These employers loved their applicants, but a few minutes of research proved that they weren’t completely fit for the job…
All Around Bad Guy
I was a restaurant manager, and the owner hired this guy as a chef without doing basic research. Anyway, the guy said he had won several awards and worked with celebrities, etc.
The guy was a total jerk to everyone on staff. I decided to Google him. First hit is a mugshot from a drug arrest. Then more articles, one about where he lied about getting a James Beard Award from a previous restaurant he worked at. A comment about him owing 25,000 or something to his former boss. The only positive restaurant review he had was from 1990.
I came in after the weekend to show my boss this stuff when I learned he was fired the night before for exposing himself to one of the waitresses. (poopship462)
I wasn’t the hiring manager but my teammate was – a candidate came through that he and some other members interviewed and seemed pretty okay for the job until they checked her out. Turns out she was suing the company (yes, the one she applied for a job for) so my teammate ended up not hiring her.
Apparently she was suing for a stupid amount of money though she’s never worked for the company (or any subsidiary of it, since it’s a multinational conglomerate of companies). (Miya81)
I used to manage a group home for developmentally disabled adults. I was in charge of hiring the staff that we needed to make the house run properly. I saw a name come across my desk that I had to interview and I instantly looked them up.
Turns out, this was a girl that had an obsessive crush on me from years ago, and on her social media, she still did. I was in a panic, because she was basically stalking everything I did, and I really couldn’t back out because it was five minutes before the interview. She came in, and it was so weird… she acted normal.
We interviewed in a professional manner for about 15 minutes, showed her around, and I thought, ‘Wow, maybe she has done some maturing and just let it go.’ Then we got back to my office. I started a sentence like, ‘Well, (name), it’s been a pleasure having you here and I-……’
‘Oh, no no no, we aren’t done yet. You think you can ignore everything like you don’t know what’s going on?!’ I know where you work, now. I know where you live, and I’m going to keep calling.’
There was more she was saying along the lines of me telling her to kindly leave, but a phone call to the police, as well as a restraining order kept her away from work and my life. (csjohnson)