Employers and others who may influence a decision to hire someone have begun to turn to the Web as part of the reference-checking process, with one-in-10 (11%) having gathered information through a Web search. However, the potential for candidate research goes both ways; prospective employees can also find out more about places where they are interviewing for jobs, who their co-workers might be, and what praise or complaints former employees may have shared online.

The Daily Number is a statistic, updated every weekday and typically drawn from Pew Research Center project findings, that highlights an important trend.

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