Want A Job? Give Up Your Facebook Password

A new addition to your standard job interview: You get to turn over your Facebook password.

In this digital age, we’re well aware that when applying for a job, our potential employers will check out our social networking activity. And we thought we had worked around it! We’ve cleaned up our profiles, sorted through our photos, and amped up our privacy settings.

Recently though, some companies have been asking their interviewees for their Facebook passwords, so they can take a closer look around. They can see what groups you are associated with, what events you are attending, and whom you are private messaging. Some companies have resorted to a milder method – asking the applicants to “friend” them on Facebook, giving slightly less access to your information. Understandably, there’s been debate about whether this breaches privacy laws.

You are free to say no, but at the risk of losing the job. What do you think of this? Should an interviewer be allowed to ask for your password?

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)