Should I give my Face­book pass­word if asked in an in­ter­view?

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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.

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