Monday, March 26, 2012

Can I have your Facebook Password?

Apparently this is becoming a trend for job candidates during interviews. It's a startling one. In my opinion, it's the direct equivalent of asking someone for their house keys.  

"Bassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didn't want to work for a company that would seek such personal information. But as the job market steadily improves, other job candidates are confronting the same question from prospective employers, and some of them cannot afford to say no." Click here to read the rest of the article.

Another trend currently going on is the hiring company is asking candidates to send a friend request to the HR manager, or better yet, they have the candidate directly log onto their FB account during the interview so the interviewer can look at it in their presence.

I understand that the motive for some employers is to see the character of someone who they might be hiring. I also see some people handing over their passwords especially if they are really desperate for a they're under duress. However, where does the line in the sand get drawn? 

Let's face it, most people have Facebook accounts. I'm  willing to bet that a great majority of Facebook users also have certain "friends" because they felt they "had to" accept (i.e. Aunt Betty's best friend sent a you friend request and you knew if you didn't "accept" Aunt Betty would be upset so you did...or it would have been rude to not have some of your co-workers on there, or even your spouses buddies...blah blah blah). I'm also willing to bet that some of these people are put on filters due to the reason that you didn't necessarily want them on your FB page but felt you had to in-order to save the peace. 

I have a friend on Facebook - we used to work together. She still works at the same place, and I've moved on. I genuinely like her, however I CRINGE whenever I read her status update messages as she's usually blasting something negative about her job or boss. I, I KNOW she's the reason why confidentiality agreements are created in the workplace! So perhaps this is exactly what hiring companies are trying to find out, as this is a real concern with social media etc. 

What are your thoughts and views on this topic? I'm sure there are different angles that I haven't even looked at yet. Just out of curiosity, has anyone been asked for their passwords yet? If so, how did you handle it?

Marnie xo


Heff said...

Facebook is of the devil.

Marnie said...

Heff - I'm beginning to wonder ;0) said...

As with church and state, our personal vs professional lives should be kept separate. Then again, people with nothing to hide have nothing to hide. Right? I guess I don't have a strong opinion either way.


Marnie said...

Robyn - I agree that people who have nothing to hide have nothing to hide. However that can also be a very subjective thing - you never know what could be taken out of context.

Deborah said...

What is very sad is that in this job market many will feel that pressure to give up and comply to requests like these.

Why not just ask me how much I weigh, how old I am, and how much money I make.

Riot Kitty said...

That's nuts! Total invasion of privacy. What self-entitled bastards think that is OK?

I don't have a Facebook account, but that's just sick. said...

That's true, Marnie. You can't trust an employer to use sound judgement.


NellieVaughn said...

No way, none at all. I would claim I didn't have a FB account, run home and deactivate it.

BamaTrav said...

If they ask. Execute them. That's communist. Stop it in its infancy.

Marnie said...

Deborah - I know! Someone who really needs a job will feel like they have no choice. Just imagine though, if they're being asked this, what will they be asked to do in their job?

Riot - Yes it is nuts!

Robyn - That's exactly what I was thinking

Nellie - You know, I've noticed a few people that have 2 FB accounts and I never understood why. Now I'm wondering if there is a "work" page and a "personal" page for this very reason.

Bama - I like your style. Tempting yes?

T said...

I like Bama's style too. LOL

I have a general negative gut feeling about FB anyway BECAUSE of its propensities toward invasion of privacy on so many levels.
This is why I am very "tight-lipped" when I log on to my FB account. I rarely disclose anything regarding location, sentiments, status of my day, etc. Keep 'em guessing. I like it that way.

I would claim I did not have a FB acct, as mentioned, and deactivate it.

Marnie said...

T - I agree with you. If I were asked that question, I would claim the same.

KrippledWarrior said...

you have seen my facebook account. It is filled with people from all-walks-of-life, some are fun some are funny and some are down right scary. But I love them all, and here is the issue. anyone my view my profile anytime they want. But once I give them my login info, I have enabled them to become me online. And since that breaks the first rule of online security, that employer can kiss my lawyer's ass.
There are congressional inquiries to make this practice illegal in the USA

Marnie said...

Kurt - It's been so long! Great to see you here :0)

"But once I give them my login info, I have enabled them to become me online." - Now that an excellent point that never occurred to me. I really do hope congress makes this illegal. Apparently this doesn't happen very often in Canada because it is already considered this. xo

Gina Gao said...

I don't think that companies and employers should get to know personal information about their potential employees. It's just not right.


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