Employers and others who may influence a decision to hire someone have begun to turn to the Web as part of the reference-checking process, with one-in-ten (11%) having gathered information through a web search.However, the potential for candidate research goes both ways; prospective employees can also find out more about places where they are interviewing for jobs, who their co-workers might be, and what praise or complaints former employees may have shared online. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.