Press | 22 Jun 2023

iSAMS partners with Social Media Check

iSAMS has partnered with Social Media Check to provide schools with an easy-to-use tool for identifying potential issues in a candidate’s online history. Social Media Check scans private and public posts across major social media platforms using the latest machine learning technology and algorithms. Since the process is fully automated, it reduces the risk of unconscious bias in the search process for each candidate. 

Recent KCSIE guidelines highlight the importance of carrying out due diligence throughout the recruitment process, and iSAMS is keen to help schools to meet these expectations: 

“As part of the shortlisting process, schools and colleges should consider carrying out an online search (including social media) as part of their due diligence on shortlisted candidates.” 

No IT integration is required, and the technology provides a full, interactive, and auditable report in under 60 minutes, drastically reducing admin time for recruitment staff. The search also requires the individual’s consent, ensuring that the system is fully GDPR compliant, and is an approved partner of key social media platforms, including: 

  • Twitter 
  • Facebook  
  • Instagram 
  • TikTok 
  • Tumblr 
  • And more.  

The key benefits of Social Media Check include:

  • Identify risks against eight key categories: toxic language, extremist groups, hate speech, swearing and profanity, potential nudity, negative sentiment, and terms or keywords specified by your school 
  • No manual searching or unconscious bias 
  • Quick, easy, and cost-effective to manage 
  • GDPR compliant 
  • 100% secure – stored in UK data centres 
  • No limitation on age of search history 
  • Easy set up within 24 hours 
  • Protect brand reputation and avoid potential penalties 

More and more industries are implementing social media background checks into their recruitment processes for a number of reasons, including preventing reputational damage and fulfilling legal obligations like safeguarding. iSAMS and Social Media Check are working together to provide schools with an automated, quick, and simple solution to social media screening. 

What about International school recruitment? 

In multilingual schools, it can be especially challenging to identify risks during the recruitment process. Often, interviews are carried out virtually, and it’s not always a guarantee that everyone speaks the same language all of the time. 

Social Media Checker enables you to examine the social profiles of your candidates in a variety of languages, including: 
Spanish, German, French, Italian, Turkish, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Romanian, and Hindi. 

Interested in learning more? 

If you’d like to learn more about Social Media Check and watch a demo, click here. 

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