According to the Employers Market survey carried out by FindEmployment, many job seekers have been asked to hand over their Facebook login details during a job interview. Unfortunately, due to tough competition for jobs, employers feel that is it their right to request personal information, or access to a candidate’s social profiles as a pre-screening technique. However, in most cases it is inappropriate for employers to ask this of you, and in certain US states, questions relating to asking candidates for their Facebook passwords are becoming illegal.
If you are asked for your Facebook login details, here are a few useful responses to use…
Invite the recruiter to look at the public view of your profile
If your page is set to ‘public’, then you can offer to show the recruiter how your page looks to someone who has searched for your name. This will allow them to see the information on your profile which you are happy for the public to view, and will prevent you having to hand over your password details.
Offer your LinkedIn details
If you are unhappy to give your prospective employer your Facebook password details, then you can offer an alternative by providing your LinkedIn account details. You can state that your LinkedIn account is more appropriate to look at as it highlights your key achievements and career history, while providing information relating to your professional experiences.
Privacy protection rights
If you do not want to cause a scene or simply want to dodge having to hand over your Facebook details, you can simple inform the recruiter that all of your email and bank account details have the same email and passwords as your Facebook account and so giving the password would be a breach of data protection and security.
Inform the recruiter they may be sued
Facebook has stated that they will sue any employer who requires the Facebook passwords of candidates during job interviews. It is against the privacy terms and agreements for anyone other than the Facebook account holder to have access to the password information.
Esther Lynch, Legislation and Legal Affairs Officer with Irish Congress Trade Unions, stated that many job seekers fear if they do not hand over their personal details, the employer will not hire them, based on the philosophy that ‘if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear’. This thought process is something which is forcing candidates to divulge information they would rather leave personal, in a bid to secure the job. Candidates should remember that it is their right to refuse recruiters access to their Facebook account, and it is never advisable to hand over your private password details to anyone.