It seems that the issue of managing your “online image” is becoming more and more important. I’ve had a few different posts that tackle this issue and what you can do about it, but I keep hearing stories about people making careless mistakes when it comes to their online identity.
The latest victim? A job candidate with an offer in hand from Cisco. It seems that they weren’t expressing their true feelings during the job interview. But what they were unwilling to tell their interviewer seemed acceptable to post on Twitter.
Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.
And the response, from Tim Levad, a Channel Partner at Cisco:
Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.
The question is, what can be learned from this? Just remember, no matter what happens, you can’t assume that what you write on a social networking site is going to remain private. So watch what you say before it comes back to bite you.
Thanks to I’m Not Actually A Geek for bringing this story to our attention.
Epilogue: After becoming an internet sensation for the “Cisco Fatty Incident”, the job hunter in question has posted his response to the situation here.