Answer the 5 Critical Thinking Questions:
1. “Like criminal background checks and drug tests, the social media check is quickly becoming an automatic part of the hiring process, “asserts Melissa Bell, editor of Blogpost for The Washington Post. Do you believe employers are justified or ethical in making these kinds of searches before hiring? Does this assume that candidates may be criminals? Isn’t this similar to snooping?
2. Most job seekers are thrilled to be offered a job, and they fear haggling over salary. Yet, employment specialists say that failing to negotiate can be a mistake that reverberates for years. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why?
3. If you are asked an illegal interview question, why is it important to first assess the intentions of the interviewer?
4. Why is it a smart strategy to thank an interviewer, to follow up, and even to send a rejection follow-up message? Are any risks associated with this strategy?
5. Ethical Issue. A recruiter for an organization has an outstanding prospect for a position. As part of his screening process, the recruiter checks the online presence of the candidate and discovers from her social networks that she is 18 weeks pregnant—and happily so. He knows that the target position involves a big project that will go live just about the time she will be taking maternity leave. He decides not to continue the hiring process with this candidate. Is his action legal? Ethical? What lesson could be learned about posting private information online?