A series of recent news stories have touched on business leaders, sports people and politicians who have said something controversial in a previous life - and had it come back to haunt them.

The role of social media screening in executive search is an interesting one. In some part of the world, investigating a candidate's postings on social media may be a breach of privacy laws - but it is reasonable to assume that if the recruiter doesn't, and the hiring committee doesn't, then - when the placement is announced - future employees may. It's a thorny issue.

Our friend Alan Medders of Higher Education Leadership Search is interviewed in this piece on how his firm handles this situation.