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Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions

Stijn Baert UGent (2018) NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY. 20(3). p.1220-1239
abstract
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 to candidates with the least beneficial picture. In addition, we find suggestive evidence for a higher effect of Facebook profile picture appearance on hiring chances when candidates are highly educated and when recruiters are female.
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author
organization
year
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
Attractiveness, Facebook, hiring, Internet, personality, screening
journal title
NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY
volume
20
issue
3
pages
1220 - 1239
publisher
SAGE Publications
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000429899100021
ISSN
1461-4448
1461-7315
DOI
10.1177/1461444816687294
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
U
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
8507595
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8507595
date created
2017-02-05 12:21:47
date last changed
2018-06-12 08:05:20
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  abstract     = {We investigate whether the publicly available information on Facebook about job applicants affects employers{\textquoteright} 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 to candidates with the least beneficial picture. In addition, we find suggestive evidence for a higher effect of Facebook profile picture appearance on hiring chances when candidates are highly educated and when recruiters are female.},
  author       = {Baert, Stijn},
  issn         = {1461-4448},
  journal      = {NEW MEDIA \& SOCIETY},
  keyword      = {Attractiveness,Facebook,hiring,Internet,personality,screening},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {1220--1239},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications},
  title        = {Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters{\textquoteright} first hiring decisions},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444816687294},
  volume       = {20},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Baert, Stijn. 2018. “Facebook Profile Picture Appearance Affects Recruiters’ First Hiring Decisions.” New Media & Society 20 (3): 1220–1239.
APA
Baert, Stijn. (2018). Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions. NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY, 20(3), 1220–1239.
Vancouver
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Baert S. Facebook profile picture appearance affects recruiters’ first hiring decisions. NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY. SAGE Publications; 2018;20(3):1220–39.
MLA
Baert, Stijn. “Facebook Profile Picture Appearance Affects Recruiters’ First Hiring Decisions.” NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY 20.3 (2018): 1220–1239. Print.