Thirty-seven percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, down from a study in 2009 that found 45 percent of employers do so, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.

Among the respondents that do not use social media for job screening, 15 percent says their companies forbid the practice while 11 percent of respondents say they do not use social media to screen potential employees but expect to start.

Respondents that use social media say they do so to determine whether the candidate presents himself or herself professionally at 65 percent, is a good fit for the company culture at 51 percent, to learn more about the candidate's qualifications at 45 percent, to see if the candidate is well-rounded at 35 percent and to look for reasons not to hire the candidate at 12 percent.

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