There’s been quite a bit of hoopla this week on the story of interviewees being asked for their Facebook login credentials as part of the interview process. I’m sure it’s not a practice that has just taken shape of late, but for whatever reason, this week it surfaced and has caused all kinds of discussion on the matter. Their are interesting opinions on both sides of the issue, but my take is quite simply, look the other way.
Certainly it can be easy for me to say that seeing as I have a job, and many folks that don’t, do not have the luxury of picking and choosing necessarily, but over the long term, you do not want to work for a company that demands access to your personal information. I could feasibly understand for positions that involve law enforcement, or working with children, but even in those cases, I feel it falls on the companies and organizations to do their due diligence without invading personal privacy.
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And let’s be honest; do you really WANT to work for a company that would ask this? Asking for your Facebook login is probably a pretty clear sign of a company that is not going to be pleasant to work for anyway. I’ve interviewed hundreds of folks over my career all the way from tiny start-ups to Microsoft, and never once considered asking for that sort of thing. In my opinion, it’s a cop out for having to do real work to determine if a candidate is a good fit.
What do you think?