Would you give your Facebook password to a Hiring Manager?

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This was quite a hot topic a few weeks ago. Job seekers in the US are now being asked to hand over their Facebook login information as part of an interview.

Don’t believe it? Read all about Justin Bassett’s experience here.

I feel that there is so many things wrong with this, I’m not sure where to start. If asked, I would do as Justin did, and withdraw my application. However, as the article states, in this climate, some people cannot afford to withdraw their candidacy and are almost forced to hand over the information. It’s not that I have anything to hide on my Page, I just feel that it’s my business.

Now this brings me to another point. What’s on your Facebook?

If you haven’t already, set your privacy settings so that you have a limited profile (i.e control what others see). Facebook has made this really easy, and has also given you lots of options. You can control your settings by non-friends, groups of friends, individuals, etc. Look into the options you have. If you are proud and want to showcase some of your photography course projects, make those available for view, but make your personal pictures private.

Unless you are comfortable having people browse through your page. More and more people are getting into the habit of “googling” someone, going straight to the internet, searching for them on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Keep that in mind when you’re setting up your profile.

Even though those old partying pictures from college represent a totally different person, that may not be reflected when it’s someone else looking at them. Think of it this way, candidates walk into an interview blind, knowing little of who is about to interview the, little do they know that the Hiring Managers have already been taking personal notes from what they’ve gathered on the candidates online profiles.

Remember that proverb – “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”? Nowadays, it’s as important to ensure that your online profile gives as good of a positive impression of yourself, as you would in person.

I think it’s really over the top for Hiring Managers to be requesting password information, I feel like it’s an invasion of privacy, and an almost “bullying” tactic being used by these organizations who seem to be taking advantage of the poor job climate. However, I do think it is a candidates responsibility to take control of their own online profiles, and make sure that they are aware of how much of their information is on display to the general public, and to make the necessary privacy adjustments.

Try “googling” yourself. You may be surprised as to what comes up!

Gillian

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