In theory, everyone is free to express their opinion freely on the Internet within the framework of the law. However, political expression can be a real problem for some, and especially job seekers. In an advisory text addressed to candidates, Pôle Emploi therefore does not go all the way and suggests sorting its public publications on Facebook, Twitter and general social networks:
For example, pass private photos or political tweets privately. In fact, recruiters can delete an application if they believe any of these elements are “compromising”.
Opinions that are considered “extremist” can harm candidates
To find out more about the impact of online political statements on job search, Skynova carried out a very interesting study with 1,000 American employees and 200 HR managers. The aim was to know to what extent employers review an applicant’s positions and whether this has an impact on the final decision.
In detail, they first found that 62% of hiring managers always or frequently check a candidate’s social media profiles. Most of the time, however, they do this to get additional details about the job seeker’s work history.
In cases where they question political opinions, recruiters 39% say it has no impact. More than 20% of respondents believe this will work against the candidate. On the contrary, for 40% of managers this could have a positive effect on their candidacy.
However, the opinions classified as extremist are still not valued by employers. To take just one example, 27% of them believe confirming support from former President Donald Trump could harm a job seeker.
It is therefore important to take these elements into account in your research. You should also know that under European data protection law, you can request the deletion of some of your personal data. The form proposed by Google is available at this address. Finally, and this is in the appreciation of everyone, you can also freely choose to express yourself freely on social networks under a pseudonym.