i-Sight to Host Webinar on Effective Social Media Background Screening

February 14, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
i-Sight Software announced today that it will be hosting a free webinar titled "Can I Use That? Social Media Background Screening", on Thursday February 23rd at 2pm EST. Bill Glenn, VP Marketing & Alliances at TalentWise, and Geoff Andrews, COO at Social Intelligence Corp., will be speaking during the webinar, sharing tips on what you need to consider when using social media to screen job candidates.

"Social media is free, it's ubiquitous, it's easy to use, it's not going away, and so companies should think about incorporating social media screening into their background screening policy. But they need to be very cautious about the way that they do it," says Glenn.

While social media screening can help you weed out bad choices, it can also reveal information that, if used as part of the hiring decision, might expose you to discrimination charges.

By attending the webinar, you'll learn:

  • Common pitfalls of internal, ad hoc searches
  • What is considered relevant and allowable online content for an employment background check
  • Legal implications of improper use of social media for employment background checks
  • How to effectively (and lawfully) implement social media into your screening program

  • "We're excited to have Bill and Geoff leading this webinar," says Joe Gerard, VP of Sales and Marketing at i-Sight. "They are both experienced in the area of compliant social media screening, and they have a lot of valuable information to share with our audience. Social media has grown so quickly that there's a lot of confusion about how it can be used properly to glean both positive and negative information about job candidates. Companies want to reduce risks by hiring the right people, but they also need to make sure that they reduce exposure to discrimination charges," he says.

    To register for the webinar, visit: http://i-sight.com/social-media-background-screening/

    About Bill Glenn and TalentWise

    Bill Glenn has been Vice President of Marketing and Alliances at TalentWise since 2008. He has more than 15 years of experience in the technology industry, holding senior marketing management and business development positions.

    TalentWise is the industry-leading Hiring Process Management (HPM) solutions provider, enabling HR, staffing, and recruiting professionals to hire more productively, responsibly, and compliantly. TalentWise is committed to delivering innovative technology and superior customer service and was named a "Top Employment Screening Solution Provider" by HRO Today magazine the last four years and included in Workforce Management magazine's "Hot List of Employment-Related Screening Providers" the last five years. TalentWise serves over 3,000 customers throughout North America. For more information about TalentWise, visit www.talentwise.com.

    About Geoff Andrews and Social Intelligence

    As co-founder and COO of Social Intelligence Corp., Geoff Andrews oversees client and partner management and business operations, as well as sales and marketing. Previously, Andrews was a director and an original member of Steel Card, playing a key role in the company's development and success, and a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    Social Intelligence offers social media screening and investigative services including employment background checks, insurance claims investigations, corporate due diligence and government services, helping organizations leverage the benefits of social media research while reducing costs, time and legal risks. For more information about Social Intelligence, visit www.socialintel.com.

    About i-Sight

    Based in Ottawa, Canada, i-Sight (http://i-sight.com) is a leading provider of web-based investigative case management software. The privately held firm works with investigative teams to improve corporate investigations of fraud, employee misconduct, ethics & compliance, security and legal incidents. For information and breaking news related to corporate investigations, visit the company blog at i-sight.com.

    For further information, please contact:

    Joe Gerard, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing
    800-465-6089 or media@customerexpressions.com