Employers ask job seekers for Facebook login information

By Leeky · 55 replies
Mar 21, 2012
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  1. Those hunting for jobs are increasingly finding themselves being judged by their profiles on sites like Facebook and Twitter, as employers delve deeper into the publicly accessible information people store…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,147   +915

    If a friend asks for my facebook profile i would say no, if i went to an interview and the interviewer asked me for my facebook profile i would also say no, and then question why they "required" my facebook login in the first place?

    Company's have been employing people since the word Business was invented, i'm 100% certain facebook is NOT needed in an interview.

    Why would company's want to rely on facebook anyway? I could create a new account geared specifically towards a certain job i want and when they ask i can give them those login details?

    But then they have a false sense of me? come on, how about we keep the computers out of interviews and base everything on what you actually can see and speak to in the real world?
  3. Just deleted my Facebook account. It is the biggest waste of time of my life. What a ridiculous endeavor.

    The fact that they ask for such information is reprehensible.
  4. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    I would respond that it would be against Facebook's Terms of Service to share my password.
  5. I don't even have a facebook account.
  6. I deleted my Facebook in December, glad I did.
  7. Would you let them login to your bank account?

    Would you let them login to your personal email account?
  8. So, to clarify;
    It is in violation of Facebook T&Cs
    It is against US law
    It is morally repugnant
    It is a violation of privacy

    Of course, refusal to provide such information may be considered in a bad light in a job interview regardless of their legal standing to request it.

    My recommendation, do what Justin Bassett did and withdraw your application unless you're in desperate need of a job, then things get tricky...
    Best thing to do, if you are applying to a company who you suspect might do this, put your profile on full hidden mode (i.e. people can't find you, you have to find them) and tell them you don't have a facebook account. Be careful with this however as many employers are likely to have already had a look for it earlier in the application process.
  9. How can people not grow tired of Facebook? I don't whether or not you are making peanut butter and jam sandwiches; I just don't care.


    Don't care.

    F0ck facebook.
  10. dgoodchild

    dgoodchild TS Member

    If asked for the password to my facebook (or any other) account I would reply that it's impossible to do so on the grounds that once I give up my password, for all intents and purposes the account is no longer mine.
  11. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    What is next?

    "I need have access to your online bank accounts to see how you spend your money and if you are debt"
  12. Yawn...

    No one cares if you have an account, never had an account or had an account but don't have one now...

    So called "social networking" is just a huge scam to get the mindless to share their personal and marketing data so that the likes of zuckerberg can sell it on and make huge profits... it's a scourge and a great example of how every bit of good technology can be turned into something, crude, puerile and essentially worthless.

    The fact is that you got suckered, you registered an account and now they have your data (whether you "delete" it or not).

    I think some people need to realise that posting your real identity online is an exceptionally dumb thing to do.

    p.s. Some of us never visited that site or anything like it in the first place...
  13. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Although it is wrong of them to ask for that guys FB password, its not uncommon for an employer to research a prospective canidate in all AVAILABLE channels. If your information is out there on the web, its a mostly public media. No more or less morally repugnant then a employer looking at your credit score. Not very polite of them but its understandable when you look at how many ppl lie to just get a job. They want to make sure you are going to be around and not rob them blind lol.
  14. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Better start creating an alternative account then... make it look like you actually do all the hobbies and interests listed on your CV
  15. This absolutely happens, all the time, for any and all jobs that involve a clearance or other extensive background check.

    If you're in a good deal of debt, or have a bad credit rating, you're not going to be employed in a sensitive position.
  16. Just another reason why I have never used Facebook.

    Maybe Justin should have asked for the interviewers information so he could decide if this company was good enough for him to work at.
  17. Uh, feel stupid... never had a Facebook account (who would want to look at my ugly mug) ... or a Twitter (always thought twitters were for twits) ... spend my time doing something more productive (well, at least always AS productive) like this posting...
  18. I doubt this is a real story. But for lets just say that it did infact happen. Upon asking for your facebook info, just ask them for their details as well. See their reaction.
  19. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    <--- No facebook, Myspace, etc etc etc. And I am a MCP Technician.
    I always get asked why I don't have a facebook account.
    Ummm because I am not a saint and I don't want people knowing what I do.

    Facebook swings both ways, and its damaging careers of good people.
  20. anguis

    anguis TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    My password would not even give them access to my account. If you actually use facebook's security measures, you can prevent them from gaining access with or without your password. They would also need my cellphone, my cellphone password, and my text message encryption passphrase in order to actually access my facebook account. Good luck with that!

    That said, if I were asked to provide my facebook username and password in an interview, I would respond by saying "You are asking me to knowingly and willfully commit a federal crime - I refuse to comply. If any interviewees complied with this request, you and your company could be charged as well for being an accessory to the crime. If this is held against me in any way, my lawyer will become involved."
  21. lipe123

    lipe123 TS Evangelist Posts: 718   +236

    Wow thats pretty out there, what about asking for the applicants cellphone to look at the call log, txt messages and pictures taken? It's just the next logical step!

    Imagine you tell the interviewer "sure show me yours and I'll show you mine" :p
  22. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    What's next?

    As if NYPD wasn't enough :rolleyes:

    If you could do that :p

    Well said!
    BTW, what's that "txt message passphrase" you're talking about? I haven't noticed that option as of 21/3/2012.
    But that would be a bit paranoid in practical purpose, IMHO. Still, with our beloved governments extremely intrigued by its citizens' private lives, nothing feels enough nowadays.
  23. No company should be allowed to ask anything like that. Only thing they should be legally allowed to obtain is whats in your credit file or publicly available.

    BUT...If an interviewer was to ask for something like that....

    Play it smart...Say you don't use facebook...They then say why does it show you here...Be like I don't know...must of made one years ago...don't have access to it anymore. Then you can decide if you want to work at a company like that....but if you say no...You just lost the job. Sometimes you have to tell them what they want to hear..I have a friend that says 100% whats on her mind and never bends the truth..And she has a real hard time getting any job and they run all over her...You have to have some jobs smarts to get anywhere now a days.
  24. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    That, or...
    I was asked,
    "Why should we give you this job?"
    I answered,
    "Why not?"
    I was replied with a smile,
    "You're hired."
    Don't necessarily have to be cautious or dodgy. :cool:

    But one for all, asking something like that would be "trespassing on privacy" IMO. Not that we have much of it now.
  25. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    Hey, why don't I just forward my email to my employer along with the PIN number for my back account.
    Screw this...I wouldn't work for anyone that had this much control.

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