When Employers Force You to Facebook

Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

Many graduating students are gearing up for the job search. After months of researching and applying, some finally land an interview. Now the employer asks you for your Facebook password. What do you do? That is the question on a lot of people’s minds as stories continue to circulate about a man who went in for a job interview and was asked to log in to Facebook so they could have a look around.

Not all people think it is an invasion of privacy. Some agree that asking for the password to a Facebook account is not something to be concerned over as long as the applicant has nothing to hide. The argument is that many people share details of their lives with cyber acquaintances. Thus, it should not be a problem for them to share it with potential employers.

Others believe this is too personal for an interview. A Facebook profile is the personal property of an individual and does not have to be shared unless willing. When people are interviewing they may feel coerced to agree despite opposition. Yes, the economy is improving slightly, but there is too much risk to pass up a job for the majority of people.

Some companies claim that this is to check to gang affiliations and criminal acts. It is common knowledge that employers check social media to ensure that the candidate upholds the standards of the company. It is up for debate whether or not they can ask you to provide the account information in order for it to be accessed if the information is not public. What would you do if you were asked to log in at an interview?

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