I’m not going to lie. I look up everyone I hire on Facebook before I hire them. Sometimes they have private profiles. Sometimes I can’t find them because 500 people share their name. And sometimes I can see it all.
I’m mainly looking for two things. Is this person always drunk or high? Is this person spewing negativity?
If I can avoid it, I will not hire a jerk. No one likes working with a jerk. For safety reasons, I have to have people that can be sober on the job. You also need to show up on time. So if your profile picture is one of you hitting a bong… I’m probably going to pass. You’ll fail the drug test, anyway. So why waste both of our time?
That’s about as far as I go when I’m screening applicants. And to tell you the truth, most hiring managers are doing the same thing. We’re looking for that one thing that will throw you in the “no” pile, especially when we have 500 more resumes to read for an entry level position. I mean, if you’re going to put your business out there on Front Street, I am going to take a look at it.
However, I was 110% shocked and appalled when I heard that employers are asking for a job candidate’s Facebook password.
Get out of town.
This is too much.
Do they not understand the legal ramifications of knowing too much about a job applicant?
As your resident Human Resources Director, I am here today to tell you to never give an employer your social media log in information.
I’ve read the articles, and I’ve spoke to some colleagues. They are saying they want your social media passwords to “get to know you better.”
This is a lie. They want to weed you out, and simply looking you up online isn’t enough anymore.
They don’t care about your background. They want to see if you have medical problems, if you have bad habits, and how you act when you think no one is looking.
They want the most intimate details of your life.
They want to see what’s going on behind the scenes of your Facebook account to see what you’re not sharing with the world. They want a reason not to hire you. So outside of coming into your home and snooping through your closets, this is the easiest way to find out if someone is going to work out in their company.
It’s total BS (that does not stand for Bachelor of Science). It’s an invasion of your privacy.
Facebook’s Erin Egan has responded to this outrageous request by stating, “We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges,”
I know the job market is tough, and I know that we are thankful to even have an interview these days. But by golly, if we play into their hand, we won’t change a thing. We have to all agree that will not play this game, because where does it stop? What’s next? We allow employers to perform genetic testing?
It has to stop. Don’t work for a scum bag employer that needs to ask you for your password.
What do you think, crossing the line, or legitimate hiring practice? Has anyone ever asked you for your password?