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Amazing (and a little bit scary) Google

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« on: June 19, 2012, 09:18:20 AM »

I'm job-hunting, and being the skeptic that I am, I google in-depth the people I have an interview with as well as the company in question.  I've got a potential coming up, I've spent the last two weeks completing psychometric testing, analytical skills testing and a myriad of other skills assessments before I was duly "qualified" to be interviewed.  I've now received confirmation that my background and skills (and personality and analytical abilities and, and, and) are acceptable and was given the chap's name who I'll be meeting.

I duly type his name into Google, and I find only one local listing for the man, he's into playing Fantasy league football... his wife however... well, I've got so much info on her I could blackmail her.  Its quite scary really how much info people give away on the internet with no thought of who can access it.  Which brings me to wondering what type of man my potential new boss might be...  he's bloody thorough in researching his potential employees and I suspect my name was googled as well (aside from a few professors that happen to share my name, he'll find very little).  I'm curious...
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012, 09:47:26 AM »

Hmmm...I've just googled myself for the first time.  I can't find anything embarrasing, but I don't make a secret of my scepticism & atheism which could have an adverse effect when job-seeking.
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 09:51:11 AM »

The social networks and internet forums have effectively replaced the old fashioned, lockable diary that was discretely stashed behind a loose floorboard in an ever-so-Victorian manner. And in a much more public way. I've made a long overdue break with my former social network account some months ago. Not because of paranoia (in fact, I am an ostensible waste of commercial cyberspace, if the insulting dearth of spam in my inbox after joining up is any measure), but because the novelty of reading pages and pages of status updates and replying in an equally trivial manner finally wore off.

I've read somewhere - might have been Huisgenoot - that employers sometimes also scope out their current and candidate employees using these social utilities. As you rightly say, it is not entirely impossible that your own profile has been piecemealed from the web as well! To that end, it may be worthwile to keep all information that you divulge to the internet resonating with whatever is on your CV.

All the best with the interview. And wear something that you now know he'd like. Wink Evil


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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 10:06:24 AM »

And wear something that you now know he'd like. Wink Evil
A football jersey, fishnet stockings and hobnail boots. Wink

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2012, 10:12:51 AM »

And wear something that you now know he'd like. Wink Evil
A football jersey, fishnet stockings and hobnail boots. Wink

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Gods, the man made it very clear what he wants, someone from corporate with a fine sense of ethics (thats me!!  Grin) and judging from all those bloody assessments, he's certainly looking for someone with a bit of brains, although the odds are that, should he appoint me, he'll get a lot of bullsh*t instead.  But never mind that, I can do the proposed job.

As for social networking, I've never bothered, I'm member of a couple forums such as this one and that is about the extent the Faerie flouts her personal life (although I'm quite open about my life on here.... hmmmm...) Anyway, aside from my email addy, they'll probably not pick up Faerie's tales from my RL name.
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2012, 11:21:19 AM »

A football jersey, fishnet stockings and hobnail boots. Wink
Yes, but is it art? Tongue
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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2012, 11:30:10 AM »

Privacy is a modern myth. When people lived/live in small enough community's everybody knows every body's business.
It was only in city living that we gained some level of anonymity. Now that we have the "global village" we're back where
we started from. It's not a bad thing if you ask me, study's have shown people are better behaved when they lack anonymity or when
they know somebody is watching.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2012, 11:36:06 AM »

... or when they know somebody is watching.
and also when they believe Somebody is watching.  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2012, 11:53:47 AM »

Seems like Google doesn't know any embarrassing secrets about me yet. One of the advantages of being a boring guy. I wonder if my boss tried to Google me before appointing me. If so, she would have found little more than my mostly innocuous Facebook page. I guess it helps that on the numerous message boards where I hang out, I don't use my full name, and indeed I use an alias on some of them.
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2012, 11:54:41 AM »

Yes, but is it art? Tongue
Only if you accept my offer of a saucer of milk… Tongue

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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2012, 11:56:38 AM »

Hmm, I notice now that when I type my message board name into Google I do indeed get gazillions of hits (I really waste way too much time on the web), but a lot of those are definitely not me. It is thus easier to disavow anything embarrassing I may have done online. :-)

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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2012, 12:30:42 PM »

Only if you accept my offer of a saucer of milk… Tongue
No thanks ... haven't even finished my onions yet. Cheesy

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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2012, 12:47:11 PM »

Hmm, I notice now that when I type my message board name into Google I do indeed get gazillions of hits (I really waste way too much time on the web), but a lot of those are definitely not me. It is thus easier to disavow anything embarrassing I may have done online. :-)



Which is why "Faerie" is such a good choice... too many faeries in google land...
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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2012, 13:09:02 PM »

This is why I intentionally don't mention my name and use different aliases all over the internet. This is the only forum I use the alias "BoogieMonster" for, an off-the-cuff choice that seems to have stuck.  Cool
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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2012, 15:40:45 PM »

This is one of the reasons I decided not to be on Twitter anymore. It was fun to start but then my whole family realized what my account name was. Eventually I just did not like people knowing so much about me.
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