Hey students, next time a potential employer wants to see your Facebook profile, it could be used to predict how well you'll do when you're on the clock. Turns out there's a real correlation between Facebook profiles and job performance, according to a study by a group of business school academics.
For the study, more than 500 undergrad volunteers at a midwestern university granted access to their Facebook profiles. They also completed a questionnaire companies often use to determine what are commonly called the "big five" traits: agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, extraversion and openness.
Three raters spent several minutes looking at each Facebook profile, answering "big five" questions such as "Is this person dependable?" They awarded scores for traits based on what they saw on each person's main Facebook profile frame, wall, info, and photos. For example, openness could be indicated by favorite quotes, the variety of books read, and posts about creative endeavors.
Those Facebook scores ended up closely matching the original questionnaire results.