Social Media Background Checks

Gain a better understanding of your candidates

Individuals regularly publish information about themselves, a social media background checks and screening humanises the candidate and makes them more than just the words on their resume. Know more about your candidates and their potential with Sterling RISQ.

Social Media Background Checks

You’ve now done your CV checks, your employment reference checks, and other identity or background verification checks, but still not sure whether this candidate would be a good cultural fit and a safe hire for your business?

Social media background checks may be the answer. Social media background checks have received a lot of positive and negative media publicity but we believe they can be extremely useful when used as one component of a comprehensive employment screening check.

What is a Social Media Background Check?

Social media background checks are used to search for objective indicators of toxic, illegal or inappropriate behaviour, and potential discriminatory beliefs from public internet sources. These findings can evidence potential workplace behaviour and cultural fit. By utilising technology to assess public online content within your HR policy parameters and with redacted personal details to minimise liability, Sterling RISQ’s social media background checks can help to protect your reputation and avoid costly bad hires.

We tailor for your specific social media check needs, either independently or as part of a comprehensive employment screening package. Sign up for a free quote.


Want to talk background checks or brainstorm about hiring solutions? Need us to just listen? Whatever the reason, we are here to help.

Social Media Made Simple

In a little more than a decade, social media has become fundamental to the way billions engage with one another — now more than ever for easing pandemic isolation and building community.

With social media being an important part of many people’s lives, it’s not surprising social media has influenced the world of recruitment with HR professionals using social network background checks for hiring and screening needs. Social media background checks provide vital information that help employers minimize the risk of a bad hire.

Our Social Media Partnership

Sterling has partnered with Fama to help companies protect their brands by screening potential and current employees using publicly available online information. Our social media partnership reduces risk with a solution that enhances ethical decision-making and compliance by proactively identifying behaviors such as bigotry, sexism, and violence, and recognize practices that align with a company’s culture and values.

Transforming Social Media Screening

Reduce Bias
Sterling leverages artificial intelligence, language processing, and image recognition to screen publicly available content for risky behaviors that reduce bias in hiring decisions.

Robust Search
We screen behaviors on social media, as well as perform a thorough search on the publicly available web, that can easily be configured to reflect your hiring standards.

Scale Globally
Sterling leverages technology that can be deployed in nearly every country and works across hundreds of languages.

The Social Media Imperative

With more than half of the world’s population on social media, it’s become a norm in HR to rely on search engines for hiring and screening needs. According to a recent Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder survey:

When should Social Media Background Checks be conducted?

We recommend conducting social media background checks: 

  • When hiring and recruiting new candidates
  • When promoting an existing employee to an executive or managerial position
  • Ongoing screening to protect yourself from risk or reputational damage
  • During times of a merger or acquisition when considering taking on employees from the acquired or merged company

Why conduct Social Media Background Checks?

There are many benefits to conducting social media background checks as part of a comprehensive employment screening process:

  • Gain unique insight into a candidate’s activities and behaviours that may not be easily uncovered on a CV or during the interview process
  • Quickly search the Internet for relevant information, including any user-generated content in the public internet domain, various social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, etc.), and other public online content
  • We will provide you with objective information with personal details redacted so that you can avoid any potential liability of knowing personal details
  • Tailored to fit your needs – easily configure background screenings to reflect your company’s standards, code of conduct and employment policies
  • Protect your business and employees from engaging with unsuitable candidates by verifying your candidate’s history prior to employment. This minimises the financial and people risk associated with new employees.
  • Meet your compliance requirements by ensuring you cover your bases when screening potential candidates.

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Want to talk background checks or brainstorm about hiring solutions? Need us to just listen? Whatever the reason, we are here to help.

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