The first piece of information recruiters acquire from online applicants is their email address. Does the email address say something useful about the applicant? For example, what kind of worker might Boo_Butt27@Mail.Com be? Are they more stable than CrazyMonkey1615@Mail.Com? Should you take a chance on SquidGobbler@Mail.Com, or will FaithSoldierMan@Mail.Com be a more dependable employee? What can an email address really tell us about an applicant?
For example, Back, Schmukle, and Egloff (2008) asked students to complete a personality measure and then gave the students’ email addresses to a group of judges. The study found that judges were able to guess how students scored on conscientiousness and openness using only their email address.