If you say you work at a company, Linkedin tries to associate you with that company on their database, so people may accidentally be shown as employees of your company, just via a spelling mistake.
However, the person who said they worked at our company said they were ‘HR’, they were based in the US and there was a faint possibility that other people might contact them in the misunderstood impression that they were talking to an employee of the firm.
If you are connected to the person on your company page, you’ll see a little warning triangle next to their name. You can click this and it will allow you to tell Linkedin that they don’t work for the company now, or never have. This allows the person who administers the company page, to keep the employee list up to date if the employees don’t themselves.
However, if you aren’t connected to the person listed, there is no warning triangle, so a bit more digging is required.
After a little search on Linkedin’s Help Centre I came across the answer.
You need to contact linkedin and provide them with the following information:
- The full name of the person – you can get this from viewing their profile via the company page, but you may only see the full name if the person is following the company.
- A screenshot of your Company Page where that person appears – paste this into a word document and upload it.
- An explanation of why they should be removed.
You send this information to Linkedin via their remove member form.
Note – you must have a confirmed company email address registered to your LinkedIn account.
This is the wording I used:
Someone has incorrectly associated themselves with our company, xxx.
They state that they are ‘Human Resources at xxx’. The person says they are based in Chicago and we have no association with them. I believe this association may be malicous. It could be construed by others that they run our human resources.
This person is called xxx xxx. (I then provided a link to their public profile)
Attached screenshots. Please let me know whether you can help remove this person.
The response I got was polite and helpful and confirmed that the person had been removed.
Have you got a problem with phantom employees on your Linkedin Company pages? Perhaps give this method a try and let us know how you get on.