Should I give my Facebook password if asked in an interview?
IT WOULD be highly unusual for a prospective employer to request your password in an interview. But it is possible, in the current climate where social media is used more in recruitment activities, that your profile may be viewed as part of the process. This includes any personal data that is readily available on the web as many recruiters will Google candidates to view LinkedIn profiles, media mentions and other information publicly available. You may want to check privacy settings to reduce the risk of recruiters seeing personal photos or posts on social media sites. RECRUITERS increasingly refer to social media to crossreference applications. While there have been reports in the media in the past few months in relation to the requirement to provide password information in applications, I’m confident the number of instances are rare and appear to be confined to North America. I wouldn’t have any desire to work for an employer who was insisting on this sort of information in the recruitment process as it is totally unrelated to evaluating whether or not you have the appropriate skills and experience to perform effectively in the role.
Mid-career KELLIE RIGG General manager HR Solutions Randstad
IF YOU have the privacy and security settings in place and an employer requests your password to access your social media pages, politely decline and question how this could contribute to their assessment of your ability to meet the job requirements. An employer has no legal right to request such information – whether during the recruitment process or at any other time – so it’s worth asking yourself if this is really a company for which you wish to work. At the end of the day, it’s best not to have anything online that would potentially damage your professional reputation.
Experienced TIM ROCHE Practice leader, Right Management Career Transition The Expert MICHELLE BENTLEY General manager, Donington transition and outplacement
RESIST being defensive, too assertive, looking unusually embarrassed, taking umbrage or inferring they are rude to ask. Consider saying no, politely, as you see it as an infringement of your right for privacy and not related to your ability to perform the role on offer. Say you hope they will accept your word that no information about you on Facebook or any social networking site diminishes you or anyone else. You may offer to open up your page there and then at the interview.This will reassure them you are open and trustworthy and have nothing to hide.