Do you’ve a Twitter account? Possibilities are you do, and it is very likely that account is mostly for personal use. On personal accounts, you mostly share your views on love, sex, humor, politics, and several different topics that have nothing to do with your professionalism. Regrettably, this can mean that your social media profile is too unprofessional, and might affect how an interviewer sees you.
Cleaning Up Your Twitter Account
Even if you keep your social media account hidden, it is best to clean it up in case there is any way an interviewer can access it. The following are tips to clean up your Twitter account and make certain that you are secured from any negative impressions.
- Delete The Worst Offenders – Scroll all the way through your Twitter account and make certain that anything really offensive or unprofessional is deleted. If there is anything you claimed that could stop you from getting a job, it is better to delete the Tweet than take the risk.
- Delete Personal Photos and Information – If possible, delete any photos that show up with your account that might be inappropriate and remove any overly personal information. While it is difficult to delete everything (for instance, every tweet you’ve about your kids), if there is anything that could make the interviewer shy away from hiring you, it should be gone.
- Type Like a Professional – Twitter is prone to text speak, poor grammar, and abbreviations, such as “lol i just had dinner with a weirdo smh.” Prevent writing like that. Use proper grammar, spelling, and sentence structure to provide the impression of true professionalism.
- Share Like a Professional – Even better, if you can turn your account into more of a professional account, where you share data about your field that you find fascinating and comment on the field instead of talking about your personal life, you will show the employer a passion for the topic.
- Become Anonymous – You should also change your Twitter handle, the picture, and the name on your account so that interviewers have a harder time finding you. Interviewers can still always find you, which is why becoming anonymous isn’t enough to secure yourself, but you do need to make it tougher for employers to access the information. Changing all of the information to seem like it is not your account I can be a good strategy.
- Search for Yourself – Ultimately, search for your name, your Twitter handle, and more. Check to make certain there is nothing about you that an employer can find. If you find anything – for instance, a friend posting something unsuitable to your twitter handle – inquire if they can delete it.
Twitter is a good social tool that assists you stays up to date with all different kinds of information. But it is also almost always extremely unprofessional and personal, and when an interviewer finds the account, they are not likely to think highly of your candidacy. The above tips can assist you clean up your Twitter account and stop it working against you in a job interview.