Because of all those similarities, our current project assistant was able to locate this applicant's facebook page and her blog. It made for interesting and sometimes funny reading, but I couldn't help feeling a little...unscrupulous in reading her blog. As if I were prejudging her interview. That said, it was painfully clear from what she wrote that she would be bored stiff as a project assistant, and would likely jump ship after 4-6 weeks on the job. This definitely came out in the interview, but that just reinforced those particular impressions from the blog.
So, several questions:
- How much could I have legitimately considered the information from her blog to make a hiring decision?
- Also, are there any rules of thumb for what's safe to put on a blog when you're looking for work and how deep you should bury it? What I mean is, if it weren't for the fact that she shared a lot of similarities with our current project assistant, should she have felt safe in posting that kind of information on her blog? By the way, she did "mask" her posts by fudging names, like "Brook!ngs".
- If she shouldn't have felt safe about doing that, is there a nice and discrete way to send her a message telling her she probably shouldn't start a blog post with "Unemployment Watch: Day 79"?
What do you all think?