Is A Google Background Check So Odd?

from the welcome-to-today's-reference-check dept

Earlier this year we spoke about how the old “references available upon request” line at the end of resumes was incredibly out-dated in an age when most references are available by Google. It appears that not everyone has received that memo. Over at E-Media Tidbits, they’re surprised that a newspaper needed a reader’s suggestion to Google the backgrounds of three candidates for the local school superintendent job.

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Mark says:

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Same thing happened here in Seattle last year: the school superintendent position was open, and of the three finalists, two had professional histories that raised serious questions about their qualifications and fitness for office. Who found that out? A local alternative weekly, whose writers took ten minutes to Google the candidates’ names. Apparently no one on the school board had bothered to perform even a cursory background check at any point in the interview process.

(All three candidates ultimately withdrew their names and the job went to the acting superintendent.)

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