Being asked for your Facebook password in an interview
Hello fellow Career Tools forum members,
I read an online article from the Silicon Valey/San Jose Business Journal posted on March 6, 2012 that mentioned colleger recruiters and some hiring recruiters asking applicants to login to their Facebook accounts so they may research their posts and friends' posts. This request from recruiters sounds extreme though. The article even indicated that in some cases the applicant was asked for their password. Does anyone have a thought about that?
I am not interviewing for any position right now but wonder if someone out there has encountered this type of request. I would have a problem disclosing my password to an interviewer. To me it is similar to the fact I would be willing to disclose my home address to a potential employer but would not consider giving them the keys to my house.
I am a firm believer in being very careful of any posts I make and being aware of how I am connected to others that may have a non-professional presence on a social networking site. A recruiter asking an applicant to login and present their web profile sounds like the recruiter wants the applicant to do their research for them.