You Never Really Know Someone...
...until you know them. At least, that's how the adage goes. Now, with social networks thrown into the mix and an online presence, you might be able to think you know someone by searching for their personal history online.
Thus, it can be really tempting to conduct an online search for information about prospective hires, especially as you are building your business, to try to find out as much as you can about your prospective employees as you can before you find out that the accountant takes a little off the top, the administrative assistant is always drunk, and your public relations person posted on his blog a rant about how horrible your company is to work for.
When you hear horror stories about individuals like Anthony Weiner - with a career as a U.S. Representative - who post sexually provocative images on their social media accounts, you have to really wonder about how an applicant will represent your business.
While your start-up has not reached the heights of recognition that the U.S. Congress has, you will want to maintain a good reputation for your business. By this token, you may feel that you're justified in using Google, Facebook and blogs to delve into your applicants personal lives. I'm here, however, to offer some reasons why you may not want to pry.