I can usually figure out if someone belongs to a secret society or a Greek letter organization by looking at their social media profile. Folks who provide too much information or inappropriate information are usually GDIs. Folks who are strategic in what they post? Usually they’re very savvy and are also likely a member of a social or professional organization that modeled for them the best ways to communicate.
I’m a member of Delta Sigma Theta, and my prophytes definitely taught me the value of good sense and good judgment. They also taught me when it’s best to say nothing at all.
Consider this: Someone on Twitter said that he had a job interview with a friend of mine. This guy said that he walked into the office, sat down with my friend and later received an email stating that my friend was very impressed with his work.
Another person on Twitter said she wanted an internship and she then proceeded to Tweet every step of the job interview process – even stating that the interviewer (me!) was late for the interview. That is, until she realized that she and I were not in the same time zone.
Need I go on?
Twitter is cute and fun and all that, but it’s dangerous when used without discretion or without plain old common sense. I showed my friend the tweets about the job interview that he allegedly conducted. My friend says that he never interviewed that individual and in fact, has no idea who that person might be. #interestingaintit
As far as the person who tweeted that I was late for interview? Well, the person later tweeted that she was wrong. But the damage was done. I can’t use someone who doesn’t know when and how to keep her mouth shut. And I really can’t use someone who has a demonstrated ability to make bad decisions (and no clue about time zones to boot!)
And liars? What’s the point? What could possibly come from lying about a job interview on Twitter? The person still doesn’t have a job and now they will never get a job at that company because my friend flagged the name. (Turns out the person had, in fact, submitted a resume for consideration.)
Job seekers of a certain age don’t seem to understand that they are being watched. They think they are beating the system. I see them congratulate themselves by openly stating that they aren’t drinking the Kool-Aid. Yet, they’re tweeting day and night.
Newsflash: Twitter IS the Kool-Aid.