Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership


Organizational Leadership

First Advisor

Kathleen Rickert


Organizational Leadership


The social networking Web site, Facebook, allows users to publish personal information to communicate and interact with others. Because of its online accessibility, Facebook has unintentionally provided a gateway for employers who are hiring to use as a tool in the applicant pre-employment screening process of applicants. This practice can introduce legal, ethical, and privacy implications. No laws in Minnesota currently govern employers’ use of Facebook relative to this practice. Using Facebook as a tool in the pre-employment screening of applicants can offer employers a fast and efficient way to get information about prospective employees that could preempt negligent hiring decisions. My research question attempts to answer: How can employers optimize the benefits of using Facebook as a tool for pre-employment screening of applicants while managing the ethical, legal, and privacy implications?