Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions

@article{Baert2018FacebookPP,
  title={Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions},
  author={Stijn Baert},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2018},
  volume={20},
  pages={1220 - 1239}
}
  • S. Baert
  • Published 1 March 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… Expand

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