Skip to comments.Job applicants asked to turn over their Facebook passwords
Posted on 03/20/2012 7:18:33 AM PDT by bjorn14
When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references. So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.
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 couldnt see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.
Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didnt 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.
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The ideological equivalent of a drug test.
Lucky for me, I don’t have a Facebook page.
There goes my secret predilection for painted women who smell of cigarettes and vodka.
“The ideological equivalent of a drug test.”
Disagree. It’s more like asking to read an applicant’s diary. Far too invasive.
Ya, I wondered about that. What about those of us who don’t do Facebook? Is there an assumption that everyone is on Facebook?
I have wondered about this. Is it legal to discriminate against someone in a job based on what is on Facebook?
This is clearly overreaching by HR Departments which are usually stacked with power-tripping jerks. Unless a Facebook account is used by employees for business purposes, it’s not a company’s business what their employees are posting on their own time.
>> Lucky for me, I dont have a Facebook page.
Neither do I. And I never will.
This here is reason number 1,372.
I don’t have one either. What happens when this becomes a disadvantage in getting a job, or other security screening.
To the headline: just say no.
>> This is clearly overreaching by HR Departments which are usually stacked with power-tripping jerks.
On the other hand, once hired, the deck is completely stacked in the employee’s favor, thanks to decades of ‘rat-built labor laws.
Therefore when I hire I want to know A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y EVERYTHING about that candidate I can POSSIBLY know. Mistakes are just too expensive down the road.
Moral, if you want a job, keep your damn nose clean. REAL clean.
Now my alter ego, complete with a pseudonym and throwaway email address might have one.
But me? Never.
It is illegal to ask for such information. Extortion is illegal. The law makes it perfectly clear that private property remains private to an employer. They might as well ask for your bank account PIN or ask for the keys to your house.
“Therefore when I hire I want to know A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y EVERYTHING about that candidate I can POSSIBLY know. “
Same back at ya. I want to know everything about my employer since so many are freaks and crooks. So, turn over your computer Internet logs so I can see what kind of pervet you are. I also want to see the company bank accounts to know you can actually pay me.
“Moral, if you want a job, keep your damn nose clean. REAL clean.”
1,000% right! All it takes is one right click and save and ‘whatever’ is saved forever.
So if I made a joke to a friend on my off time, you think you have a right to know that as the employer?
Becaue my primary employment is military-related, I am forbidden to have a facebook or any similar account.
I would tell him that’s private information and it’s not relevant to my job.