When Justin Bassett interviewed for a new job, he expected the usual questions about experience and references.So he was astonished when the interviewer asked for something else: his Facebook username and password.Source: FacebookBassett, a New York City statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldnt see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.Bassett refused and withdrew his application, saying he didnt want to work for a company that would seek such personal information.
Now this is just pure wrong. I can see an employer viewing someone’s social network profile, but dammit all to hell if we are going to just hand over the password to someone who you just met. That’s just pushing it, in my book! Think about it for a second. The person you’re being interviewed by, you don’t know this person! Sure they have leverage in the sense that you’re looking for a job and they have the keys to the employment castle. But why must you hand over your password? The best thing to do is either have a separate “public” profile or before the interview make your current social network profile set to public viewing. But I don’t think handing your password to a stranger is simply justified.