“Boss, about that raise…”

“Boss, about that raise…”

Our Experts

• 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.

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