Most people’s Facebook profiles offer glimpses into the meaningful and mundane in their lives – family photos, likes and dislikes, conversations with friends. Others, of course, reveal inappropriate content that might demonstrate immaturity, questionable choices, or even illegal activity such as underage drinking.
But even if your profile is benign, do you want your employer checking it out?
According to an Associated Press story, some employers routinely ask for a potential employee’s Facebook password or request that a candidate log in during the job interview. Under pressure and really wanting to land the job, many people won’t refuse even if they’re uncomfortable.
If you’re prepared for the question, you can practice your response beforehand. But be willing to walk away from the opportunity if you won’t comply – at least until regulations or lawsuits resolve whether this is a legal request!
I guess I wouldn’t get the job because my response would be “Sure, if I can also have your login & password.” Honestly who would want to work in such a controlling environment?