Researchers at Penn State found that employers not only look at job candidates’ social media, they make character judgements based on what they see.  The study revolved around three personality traits — self-absorption, how opinionated candidates appear to be, and drug and alcohol consumption.

Four-hundred-and-thirty-six hiring managers were given scenarios depicting a hypothetical candidate who answered questions well and exhibited enthusiasm, but who was also prone to job hopping.  Managers were then shown Facebook profiles that did or didn’t exhibit the afore-mentioned personality traits.

Self-absorbed profiles generated the most negative perceptions.  While seen as less damaging, being opinionated, as well as obvious drug and alcohol use, were still viewed negatively by hiring managers.