Do firms check Facebook?

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  • This is a ridiculous question.

    Everyone knows that you can make your Facebook profile private. You can stop people from searching your profile, and in the event they did, they would not be able to see any photos/incriminating info or wall posts unless they were your friend (if you have added them then clearly this is your own fault).

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  • I'd imagine that some do, but it is equally safe to assume that some don't. The trick is to ramp up your security settings, don't accept friend requests from people you don't know when it comes to the applications process and don't have a stupid or debauched profile picture. I've also set up a chain of shell accounts and aliases, but that's probably more down to the fact that I watch too many TV shows about spies.
    There shouldn't be any need to go for an all-out deletion of online presence, though.

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  • I agree, this is a ridiculous question.

    "Does it look bad to have a profile" - OMG! Are you seriously asking that!

    A few things to consider:

    - some law firms actually have Facebook groups
    - you can restrict who can search for you
    - if you want to be visible for anyone to search for you, you can restrict who can see your photos, info and wall posts

    If I were you I'd spend less time worrying about this and more time on the contents of your application forms.

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  • A slightly worrying question. Most people have facebook profiles, firms are well aware of that and would never expect you to remove it just because you're applying for jobs. As said above, lots of firms use facebook as a recruiting tool.
    You are clearly being overly worried about it and should definitely just make sure your profile is secure and then the only thing anyone who searches for you can see is your name and photo. Make sure it's a decent photo and you'll be fine.
    If you have any other social networking profiles do the same there, or delete any that you don't use (but that's just common sense, nothing to do with work). Review your privacy settings and you'll be fine.

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  • A lot of firms definitely do check Facebook profiles.

    A trainee told me last summer that he had checked everybody's profiles prior to the Vac Scheme at that firm beginning. As I had set my profile to private, he couldn't access my information.

    A friend of mine was asked in a training contract interview whether she liked wearing red - the firm had looked at her profile picture and noted that she was wearing a revealing red dress.

    The best thing to do is ensure that your profile is set to private and never have an inappropriate profile picture etc. I wouldn't delete your profile, however, because a lot of firms have their own profiles on Facebook and networking is a part of being a lawyer.

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  • Why on earth do people feel the need to be so condescending? I think it is still a valid question for somone looking to enter the profession, and those replies that started with "OMG/ridiculous question" statements are simply being pompous. Also "If I were you I'd spend less time worrying about this and more time on the contents of your application forms" is another great example - what's the matter, did your secretary spill ketchup on your suit? Yes you can control what others see in your facebook page and I would recommend extreme caution as to who you accept as 'friends' but nevertheless a valid question to ask and one that is becoming more relevant by the day.

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  • I think law firms should scrap interviews all together and just go by what they find on Facebook.

    Mainly employing the lawyers who have the highest amount of friends and who have been poked the most.

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  • It's pretty standard across all employers these days to google potential recruits. And normally one of the first pages to pop up is the applicant's Facebook page (if they have one).

    In the case of law firms, it makes even more sense to do this sort of due dilligence. Clients will do the same thing when assigned a lawyer, and the firm does not want anything embarassing to come to the client's attention. It doesn't look good for the firm if the person they have sent the client as a responsible lawyer has plastered pictures of themselves in compromising situations all over the internet.

    By all means, continue to have a profile, but be careful about what you put in it and who can see it, not just for the sake of potential employers but for potential clients as well.

    Everyone in my (non-law) office still discusses the Facebook profile picture of a recent joiner. The person was hired, but might not have been for a more client-facing role.

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  • What about Twitter accounts? You can't make these private, so how should you guard your privacy here?

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