Is it legal for companies to look up information about me prior to a job interview?


Yes — it’s not only legal, but it’s common practice. A 2009 Microsoft survey showed that 79% of hiring managers in the United States admitted to researching candidates online before making a hiring decision and an additional 70% of hiring managers said that they had actually rejected candidates based on information they’d found. There are even companies that specialize in online background checks.

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