• Anna Clark-Hall, director of staffing at Randstad,a global human resource solutions company
• Anthony Ung, country manager of Jobstreet.com Singapore, a recruitment services company
Are You Really Checking Up On Me?
Q: "Does the human resource (HR) department check prospective employees' personal social media accounts to get a sense of their personalities?"
- Tricia Lee, 30, public relations consultant
Anthony: This is not a common practice in Singapore, but there have been cases of employers withdrawing a job offer because of a candidate's inappropriate postings on social websites. Don't post potentially offensive pictures or messages online.
Q: "Does HR really conduct reference checks?"
- Eileen Ng, 34, corporate communications manager
Anna: Yes, so choose your referees wisely. A potential employer may ask your referee about your previous salary, your work style under pressure, and how you work in a team. Provide a referee who will attest to your strengths and give an honest evaluation of your work performance.
Anthony: Your conduct in a previous company can be a huge factor in whether you receive a job offer. Always be professional, especially when serving notice. The last impression you give your current employers will form the view they'll give a future employer who conducts a reference check.