I manage an inside sales call center. We’re preparing to start hiring account managers–the entry level positions. Some of my team leaders are also fairly new to their jobs, so I’ve been talking to them about the process. One of them–a fairly young woman–has mentioned that she always checks out applicants’ Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, LinkedIn accounts, and so forth before asking them back for a second interview. If she can’t find a social media presence with a Google search, she considers it a strike against them, as she wonders what they’re hiding and why. No visibility on social media = no callback for a second interview.
I advised her against the latter attitude, as it strikes me as … questionable. But then I am old. So I ask Dopers who are in hiring positions at their companies: if a job applicant has no social media presence, would you be dismayed? If so, why?