Answer Questions, Yes. Housekeys? No

There’s an article in the Huffington Post about asking candidates to turn over their Facebook login credentials, so the interviewers can see their “private” pages.

If you provide your login credentials, your private Facebook pages are no longer private, are they?

I have a difficult time understanding why an interviewer wants this information. Is the interviewer’s interviewing skills so insufficient they need to investigate you the backdoor way?

Is the interviewer looking for something nefarious? Or sophomoric?

Part of me is wondering about anyone’s expectation of privacy on the internet. If our banks can’t keep our passwords and accounts safe, why should we believe that our Facebook pages should be safe? But that’s about hacking into the banks, not handing over passwords. I don’t provide my potential employer my bank information. That’s only for actual employers

Employers, remember that an interview goes both ways. Do you realize you are saying to candidates, “Abandon all hope of privacy, ye who enter here”? What will happen after people start to work here?

I might look for cameras in the bathrooms. This feels sleazy to me. And wrong.

Employers, there is plenty of information that is not behind a locked door that you can obtain about a candidate. Ask good behavior-description questions. Learn how to create auditions and use them. Don’t be lazy just because it’s an employer’s market.

At some point, the economy will pick up. You might even be looking for a job. These people will remember you, and it won’t be fondly.

1 Comment

  1. I have a difficult time understanding why an interviewer wants this information. Is the interviewer’s interviewing skills so insufficient they need to investigate you the backdoor way?

    Perhaps they’d like answers to questions that they cannot (legally) ask you an interview, such as your marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or ability/desire to have children.

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