Interesting article on CNBC today regarding a new candidate screening technique. It involves asking the candidate for their Facebook username and password so that the company can check up on on their personal life.
From the article:
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.
Bassett, 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 couldn’t see his private profile. She turned back and asked him to hand over his login information.
To me, this is a gross invasion of privacy, but I’m also ultra-careful about the information I post online. For others, there could be an even higher risk.
Would you give your Facebook credentials to a company in order to get a job?