Post # 1
Tonights news did a short segment on how potential employers could start requiring prospective employees to provide their FB passwords in order to get hired. I didnt catch the whole story so I don’t know much about it but just the thought is ridiculous. I guess I’m lucky in that I’ve been employed through the whole recession but even if I were job hunting, under no circumstances would I turn over my password. I wouldn’t want to work for an employer who felt the need to dive into every nook and cranny of my personal life. I know that most employers are browsing the net to find out more about their applicants but requiring a FB password (or any password for that matter) is totally crossing a line. What next? Your email? Online banking? Absolutely not! Even if my current employer decided to adopt this policy, they’d have to fire me because I would never give in. Checking into applicants using what’s “out there” is one thing but requiring a pass into their personal life is totally upsurd.
What’s your take on this? If you were applying for a job and they required you to turn over your password (assuming you had a FB account that you use regularly), would you?
Post # 3
I for one would consider taking a recording device with me to an interview. If any one of those places got busted with this, it would be pretty sweet to see.
And the answer is “heck no”.
Post # 4
Hell no I would not give them my password.
Post # 5
If I did, it would be a dummy account.
I don’t think I’d want to work for a place like that, but like you say, this economy isn’t fantastic.
Post # 6
I never would, I think its disgusting.
I read the article, and it said that in a more toned down version, some employers “reauest” (if you are trying to get hired though, a request isn’t really a request is it?) that you ‘friend’ someone in their HR dept. I think that even this is an invasion of privacy. If I have a private profile, it shouldn’t be ny of their business. It would be different if you have an open profile, but if you specifically set it to private, you shouldn’t have to share.
Post # 7
Absolutely not…I have NOTHING to hide…and my facebook is 100% G-rated, however, this is a true invasion of privacy, and I can’t imagine any employer doing this…ever! Most people don’t give their passwords to the people they love the most and are closest with…why would you ever share it with someone in an interview??? Also, most people use the same password for every account…like I do….Once I give you that, you have access to EVERYTHING…not gonna happen…I’d be fired, or not get hired…. =)
Post # 8
My first response was hell no…
Which in second thought is kind of funny since my current job required a credit check, 10 references that they interviewed In person, a home visit and a polygraph…
But no, my husband doesnt even know my Facebook password. And like a pp noted I pretty much use the same password for everything.
Post # 9
Nope, I would walk out of the interview. FB is none of their business. It is also against the Facebook’s content to give out your password. That and lawmakers are looking into making this against the law. That story was big news here last week
Post # 10
Heck no. I have nothing to hide on Facebook, because I’m a very private person anyway, but there is absolutely no reason why my employer should have access to my information. I have a feeling this will be stopped very shortly.
Why should they be able to go on the profiles of my friends without their consent? Honestly, why would an employer care what I do on weekends? I understand why employers should be notified if I commit a crime. But if I like to go out to the bar or casino on Friday nights – why should they know about that if I don’t want to tell them?
My time at work is their business. The other 128 hours in my week are absolutely none of their concern.
Post # 11
I saw a headline on the news today about Facebook threatening to take legal action against employers for requesting passwords.
It seems obvious to me that people would just create dummy accounts or, more easily, just deactivate their facebook pages or set themselves so that they couldn’t be found in searches. That’s what I would do. Duh!
Post # 12
Though, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of lawsuits revolving around this. I’ve read a couple articles on this and to me it kind of makes sense for the positions that are asking them. Like the people who are being requested for their information are applying to be a lawyer, police officer, corrections officer. Considering most employers do a drug/ credit/ background check, I don’t think this is that far reaching, especially considering how important social media has become in society.
Post # 13
@subbywife11: While this is true, you have to kind of think about it from the employer side. When a company hires you, you basically become a representation and face for the company. People you know associate you with the company, and your bad actions could negativey affect the business of that company. That being said, the people being asked are high ranking people in the company who are basically the face. Think lawyers, police officers.
Post # 14
Umm no, I would never give a potential employer my password. Anyway, this is just dumb on a company’s part since it has the word lawsuit written all over it.
Post # 15
although my answer is no the fact is i make sure my FB is employer friendly and rarely have negative comments and all work related comments are always positive
one of our employees rants and raves about her managers and workplace but 2 other people here are her FB friends so her rantings are no secret and i know her direct manager has treated her differently because of her attitude a nd she has missed out on opportinuties because of it
Post # 16
Since I don’t use my Facebook account for business, there’s no need for my job to have access to it. Besides, what would they be using the access for? I wonder who started asking for passwords in the first place!