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Speak Out: Should Employers Have Access to Your Facebook During an Interview?

What are your thoughts on handing over your Facebook profile login information?

An Associated Press report this week profiled the experience of several job seekers who were asked for Facebook usernames and passwords when interviewing for prospective jobs.

The article stated that in cases where companies don’t ask for passwords to the popular social media site they will take other measures, such as asking interviewees to sign into their profiles during an interview.

Further, the article said people have been asked to sign non-disparagement agreements that bar them from posting negatively about their employers on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. 

The practice of asking prospective employees for Facebook passwords is more common in public agencies like law enforcement or 911 dispatchers, according to the AP.

The article said that in nearby Spotsylvania County the sheriff’s department asks applicants to “friend” background investigators as a step in their background check.

Thursday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch published an article that said Virginia state trooper applicants are required to sign into their Facebook profiles – and other social media websites – during an interview.

Read the entire AP report here.

Tell us: Should employers be able to check your Facebook profile while interviewing you?

Kim April 02, 2012 at 05:50 PM
That is just ridiculous. I can't put out a fire unless you have access to all my personal correspondence? Before I do that I hope you don't mind a little background check. After all, I am trusting you with my passwords. Don't want you to empty my bank account or anything.
April April 03, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I'm not a Facebook user but feel that users should have rights to privacy. I realize that anything written in electronic format risks that privacy, but still value and would protect privacy rights. A personal account could share information about prior breast cancer or some other personal issue and people should be able to limit access of that information.
pp May 04, 2012 at 12:35 AM
i ha.ve tried to contact facebbook as a matter of urgency to no avail. doesnt ha ve an email address or phone number. think it is so unfair especially when you need their help urgently.
Locally Involved May 04, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Using information on FB opens up employers, both private and public, to potential discrimination lawsuits. Employers could possibly disqualify a perfectly capable candidate because of their political or religious beliefs. This is not where an employer wants to go, they have so much more to lose than we do. Personally, I will never, ever give access to my FB page. If you want information on me, see my professional site on LinkedIn. You are hiring me based upon qualifications. NOT my personal life. Hiring an employee is a risk. Working for a company is a risk. Suck it up, employers. On the upside, a majority of HR folk say they don't have the time to go and search FB pages. It's hard enough just to find the right qualifications, without qualifying the qualified.
Locally Involved May 04, 2012 at 03:22 AM
LOL - just read the link posted by the represenatative from Fairfax. Yes, age discrimination, also (important for those of us who don't look our age! :-D). Employers are well advised - as any legal counsel will tell you - don't go there.

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