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Don’t Tweet Your Job Interview

March 18th, 2009 · 7 Comments

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images_tweetingApropos of our recent discussions of Twitter and it’s usefulness in the job search, it’s important to remember that, as with Facebook, you have to watch what you say.

Read the following cautionary tale from I’m Not Actually A Geek:

A lucky job applicant tweeted the following:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco. To which he responded:

Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.

Might be a good idea to not immediately share your post-interview impressions on teh Twitter.

Unless of course, they’re extremely, extremely positive. Then it could be helpful… they don’t know that you know that they’re watching you. They think, “That guy was so jazzed to work for us, he twittered all his friends.”

Then again… maybe they wouldn’t like you sharing their private business practices or interview practices with the world.

Sigh… modern gadgetry… why must every useful new tool also have a minefield of potential pitfalls?

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Tags: Interviewing · Workplace Gizmos

  • Jodith

    Same goes for your blog. Keep employer name and other identifiable information out of the public eye. If they can draw a nexus between your blogging and a black eye for the company, it can be grounds for dismissal.

    Ex: You work for a conservative law firm, which you talk about on your blog (or twitter), in addition to talking about your very swinging lifestyle. It could be considered to create a negative image for the company and lead to a quite legal firing.

    Always keep your employer/employment situation out of your public discussions.

  • Stefanie

    That is crazy! I think that everyone has to remember that nothing online is a private conversation. Every company tracks online activity – it is just a matter of to what extent they track it. I know since I was responsible for this at a major multinational – 5 years ago!

    There are so many free and easy way to track this now – you would have to be a fool not to be careful. Remember – if you wouldn’t publish it on the front of a newspaper – don’t say it!

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  • George

    It’s easy to forget that social networks only FEEL private and insular. An off-hand comment often may not only be seen by the person you made it to, but also to their friends and their friend’s friends. Like email in the workplace, it’s best to assume that everyone is going to see it.

  • Work from home Jobs

    So true. The same would go for talking about your boss at work. There are some things you just shouldn’t do!

  • JM

    Keep on Tweeting! This is to all those who take jobs they really don’t want. That way those who really want them have a better chance at getting them!