Although the job market has supposedly rebounded, competition to land a gig is more intense than ever and some companies are taking advantage of this by asking potential employees for their social media passwords.

Instead of hiring managers performing an internet search for additional information about you and sucking it up when they discover that your Facebook or Twitter accounts are private, they are instead asking for your password so they can cut to the chase and see what’s on there for themselves. Understandably, some people have a problem with that — the practice immediately smacks of privacy invasion and Facebook itself has spoken out against it:

As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job. That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password.

It only makes sense that companies would want to find as much information about you as possible, but isn’t giving your online password to someone  like revealing your debit card code or handing over your house keys? Some employers recognize how dicey the proposition is and have instead requested that applicants friend or follow human resources accounts on Facebook or Twitter so that these private profiles now become accesible for vetting. Facebook has yet to speak out against that practice, but it all sounds like too much snooping just to be considered for a job and a bit invasive.

What do you think? Would you give your password to a potential employer and/or make your social media profiles available?

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  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    Whatever company is using this policy might as well be affiliated with the FBI, CIA or another department of the U.S. government. And they better make sure their job postings state as such.


  • E.M.S.

    Bottom line, I would never turn my password over to an employer. I have nothing to hide on my account, but I’m not going to give then access to it. I wouldn’t trust a stranger with that information, no matter how legit they claim to be because that’s what the company asks for.

    If I lose a job opportunity because of that, I would look elsewhere. A job that tries to delve that deeply into my personal life isn’t worth me having in my opinion. It would go against my own personal morals.

  • chinaza

    @ Ladiva- People need to keep their personal thoughts in their heads. I don’t think that Anne Frank thought we’d all be reading her diary decades later.
    NEVER write down anything that is personal and private.

    And no-employers have no right to that information but use your sense when you go online.

  • asada

    Hummm…this may justify the number of people who close down facebook accounts. Of course, anyone who enjoys socializing may have to be wary of the profit motive.