Employers share the most bizarre things that have come from googling potential employees.

If there’s one thing employers get unique insight on, it’s the intricacies of a potential employees’ presence online.

Do they go out a lot? Do they go out never? Do they have a habit of pouring their emotions onto their Facebook wall for the world to see and no one to respond to? More than that, what will their online presence say about their ability to perform the job they have applied for?

According to hiring managers of Reddit, the answer is, well, yes. Sharing their best “They were perfect until we googled them” stories, employers went down the rabbit hole of all the very weird, very quirky and profoundly disturbing things they found.

The one who wasn’t checked out

One user told the story of a chef the owner of the restaurant he managed hired without sound background research. The chef in question had purported to be the winner of several awards and worked with many celebrities.

“The guy was a total d*ck to everyone on staff. I decided to google him. First hit is a mugshot from a drug arrest. Then more articles, one about where he lied about getting a James Beard award from a previous restaurant he worked at. A comment about him owing 25,000 or something to his former boss. The only positive restaurant review he had was from 1990.

“I came in after the weekend to show my boss this stuff, when I learn he was fired the night before for exposing himself to one of the waitresses.”



The one who wanted to be a role model but wasn't a very good role model

Another Reddit user said they were hiring a private tutor to work with high school students.

"[I] Had a great conversation with a girl, she stressed how much she wants to be a role model for young girls, basically exactly what we were looking for. Then I googled her and the first picture on her Facebook is her doing a line."

The one you definitely don't want to hire

"This kid, early 20s comes in for a job, seemed normal enough. Google him and he was wanted in another state for stabbing a [dog] to death," one user wrote which, um, is nice.

The one who chose jail over an interview

One user detailed the story of a guy they were looking to hire, who had a good enough CV to warrant an interview. He just never turned up for the interview.

"A couple of weeks later, there's a story about him in the local paper. Turned out that he was living at the local boarding house, and was found in the kitchen one morning totally wasted, wearing nothing but a pair of socks. When a couple of women who also lived there tried to escort him back to his room, he got violent and assaulted them. Given the dates stated in the paper, he didn't turn up because he'd been in jail at the time of the interview.

"His resume has now been added to the 'do not touch with a 10ft barge pole' section in our filing cabinet."

The one who played many different roles

"[I once had a] candidate list employment history as Director of Finance for a company I had never heard of.

"Resume looked good, nice and clean, good experience, great education, immaculate credentials," one user wrote.

There was a small, tiny, rather interesting problem. None of it was real.

"The company was real, when I checked their filings with the state it turns out it was the candidate's own company, it had no physical location, and didn't actually offer any product or service. The phone number went to a cell phone that was answered by an "assistant", who it turns out was the candidate himself.

"None of the other companies he listed on his resume had any record of him ever working there. Then we googled the guy himself, turns out he was awaiting trial for sexual assault. His plan must have been to dazzle us with his credentials, get a glowing recommendation from the "CEO" of the "company" he "worked for," and have us be so impressed we would just hire him without any due diligence. Sad part is some company's probably going to."

The questions you can’t ask in a job interview...

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