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.