Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions

  title={Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions},
  author={Stijn Baert},
  journal={New Media & Society},
  pages={1220 - 1239}
  • Stijn Baert
  • Published 2018
  • Psychology, Computer Science
  • New Media & Society
  • We investigate whether the publicly available information on Facebook about job applicants affects employers’ hiring decisions. To this end, we conduct a field experiment in which fictitious job applications are sent to real job openings in Belgium. The only characteristic in which these candidates differ is the unique Facebook profile that can be found online with their name. Candidates with the most beneficial Facebook picture obtain approximately 38% more job interview invitations compared… CONTINUE READING
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