Staying Cyber Safe in Job Searching and Interviewing

Laura BednarBest Practices, Cybersecurity and Vulnerabilities

Best Practices for Safe Online Job Search

Applying for a job in the digital age means your personal information is shared with potential employers and companies must weed through the digital footprint candidates leave behind. Little information remains private in the process of job searching and both job seekers and employers must take precautions in both applying and interviewing.

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Applying for a Job

There are hundreds of job posting sites available and many require the user to make a profile to better tailor job matches to their experience and resume. While this is helpful in terms of finding a more appropriate position, it also means more personally identifiable information (PII) is online. When using a job posting site, the best thing to do is to review the site’s privacy policy and process for allowing employers to post openings. This will at least give you an idea as to how your information is being protected, if at all.

The Better Business Bureau also gives examples of online job scams to be aware of when applying for positions through the web. Some of these include:

  • Asking you to send ID verification during the application process before an interview
  • Emailing people individually stating they would be a great fit for a fictitious company. Here the email could be malicious and the sender will ask for private information.
  • A con artist pretends to be an employer and asks for bank account information before you are given the job.

The Art of the Interview

Interviewing has progressed from simply meeting in person or speaking over the phone. Now, interviews can be conducted over Skype and other video calling services. A new report from JDP surveyed 2,000 people about their interview experience and came up with some shocking statistics. The most notable being one in three people will lie during an interview and one in three people will hide something on their social media accounts.

The better method as far as social media accounts go is to regularly purge the account to remove any posts that could potentially lose you a job. Purging all at once will look more suspicious than simply reviewing a profile from time to time. Social media platforms archive data and there are sites such as the Wayback Machine that allow users to see old posts. Whether it is a lie by omission or a straight fabrication of experience, employers have access to a variety of digital tools that will sniff out any fabrications of the truth.

Director of Digital Forensics at SecureData, Allan Buxton, said, “I’d advise candidates not to stretch their experience or training too far. With interviews usually taking place with multiple company members, even if you survive the automated screening, a subject matter expert will sniff out any embellishment. It could cost you not just this opportunity but future ones with the company as well.”

Maintain Privacy from Application to First Day

Norton Security suggests a few ways that job seekers can stay safe during the application and interviewing process. Many places of employment will ask for contact information such as addresses, phone numbers, and email. In this case, give only what is necessary for the employer to contact you, and create an email just for job searching.

Your resume also holds a lot of PII and posting it on every job site can expose data that could easily be used for wrong if it fell into the wrong hands. Post your resume only on sites that prove they are credible. Overall, quality is better than quantity when it comes to sharing about yourself. Keep a list of everywhere you apply and go back to remove your information once you find a new position.

Certified Security is a Professional Asset

Secure Forensics offers background checks and employment verification to ensure employees are who they claim to be. When candidates apply for a new job, our experts can verify their experience as well. Our examiners have years of experience working on all media types to prove evidence of cybercrime and create a court-admissible report. To learn more about how Secure Forensics can help you stay safe in your job search or another aspect of your digital life, call 1-800-288-1407.