You’re applying for a new job – it’s in an industry where you have a great deal of expertise and the company is growing like wildfire. You’ve put together a great CV with your latest projects, and your first interview has gone really well. Things are looking up, right? Well, not exactly. The HR manager decides to do a quick search for your name on Google.
That’s when things go pear-shaped. Here’s a forum post you wrote 5 years ago talking about that hotel you trashed in Vegas. There’s an old Facebook photo of you guzzling down a beer-bong. In one of the pictures you look stoned, and in a drunken tweet from your best friend’s bachelor party you say something that could be construed as sexist. They don’t call back for a second interview.