Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords

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    Mar 20, 2012 2:58 PM GMT
    YIKES!

    "SEATTLE – 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."

    http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-03-20/job-applicants-facebook/53665606/1
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    awww hell nah.
    That's cray cray


    between the grilling u receive during the interview, the background checks, the reference checks, credit checks, etc.... isn't that enough information? like wtf else do they want?
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    That's why there's nothing on my FB account that I wouldn't want prospective employers to see. That being said, there should be some random craziness on there to prove you're somewhat well rounded. Otherwise they'll suspect (in the case of my the exemplary profiles of my nieces and nephews) that there's a second FB account floating about where you're getting your freak on.
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:41 PM GMT
    "I don't have a Facebook page, sorry. Didn't know I was required to have one. Care to see my RealJock profile instead?"
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:44 PM GMT
    I recently did an interview and they had searched for my FB page. They had a tiny thumbnail of my pic, like the one seen next to this posting. I thought that was odd. The job didnt provide parking so I had no interest. (Seriously, they wanted me to take the bus!)
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    Mar 20, 2012 3:51 PM GMT
    I have my security setting set on facebook, so I cannot be searched for.

    That way, if a job ever attempts to find me on there, their efforts will prove unsuccessful.

    I only friend people I actually meet and know.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    Wow, seriously? "Sure, here's the login information to my email address and online banking, too..." icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    NO. JUST, NO.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Yep. I am a business teacher. We have to have this talk with our students now.

    You might want to be careful about what pics you post on FB because your future employers will look you up and possibly friend request you to see what you are doing online.

    I don't think it's ok for you to give them your password though.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:21 PM GMT
    Import saidI have my security setting set on facebook, so I cannot be searched for.

    That way, if a job ever attempts to find me on there, their efforts will prove unsuccessful.

    I only friend people I actually meet and know.


    I have my privacy settings set so Friends Only can see my wall posts and pictures... but now that I've read that article I'm thinking of changing it to where I can't even be found in search.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:22 PM GMT
    Import saidI have my security setting set on facebook, so I cannot be searched for.

    That way, if a job ever attempts to find me on there, their efforts will prove unsuccessful.

    I only friend people I actually meet and know.


    They're apparently asking for your login information however, not just looking to search for your public profile.

    Seems to be an overreach, but they can ask for whatever they want, and reject anyone who doesn't want to give it. Facebook users aren't protected.

    MightyMouse87 saidWow, seriously? "Sure, here's the login information to my email address and online banking, too..." icon_rolleyes.gif


    If you have direct deposit, they already have access to your banking information.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:24 PM GMT
    onaquest saidYep. I am a business teacher. We have to have this talk with our students now.

    You might want to be careful about what pics you post on FB because your future employers will look you up and possibly friend request you to see what you are doing online.

    I don't think it's ok for you to give them your password though.


    My Work Life is separate from my Personal life.
    What I do outside work is NONE OF THEIR FUCKING BUSINESS.
    If the job interviewer asks me for my FB password I will seriously walk out, because that is Invasion of Privacy.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
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    Import saidI have my security setting set on facebook, so I cannot be searched for.

    That way, if a job ever attempts to find me on there, their efforts will prove unsuccessful.

    I only friend people I actually meet and know.


    I have my privacy settings set so Friends Only can see my wall posts and pictures... but now that I've read that article I'm thinking of changing it to where I can't even be found in search.


    Really? How do I do that?
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:26 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    onaquest saidYep. I am a business teacher. We have to have this talk with our students now.

    You might want to be careful about what pics you post on FB because your future employers will look you up and possibly friend request you to see what you are doing online.

    I don't think it's ok for you to give them your password though.


    My Work Life is separate from my Personal life.
    What I do outside work is NONE OF THEIR FUCKING BUSINESS.
    If the job interviewer asks me for my FB password I will seriously walk out, because that is Invasion of Privacy.


    +1 that would not be someplace I wanted to work. I also have mine on friends-only and my thumbnail picture is not usually anything you'd be able to identify me by.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    Just read that a little bit ago. It's ridiculous. If they are going to go that far to see your Facebook profile that isn't publicly visible in the first place, who knows what else they might do. These kinds of companies want to own and control you. I'd rather run a register at Wal-Mart.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Oh if they asked for my password, I would probably walk out, too. I think that's crazy. But it is such a stiff job market now - employers have the upper hand.

    I do like what the article said - that's like asking for the keys to someone's house. It's an invasion.

    But things like this have happened for years. You know they used to watch as you walked into the building and sent someone to peek into your car...

    Some still do.

    Right or wrong - it happens and their aren't any laws saying they can't. I think if enough people get up and walk out that will change - but too many people can't afford to - they are desperate enough for the job that they just hand their passwords over.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    Ok they can ask for account name but have no rights asking for password.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    endo said
    Import saidI have my security setting set on facebook, so I cannot be searched for.

    That way, if a job ever attempts to find me on there, their efforts will prove unsuccessful.

    I only friend people I actually meet and know.


    I have my privacy settings set so Friends Only can see my wall posts and pictures... but now that I've read that article I'm thinking of changing it to where I can't even be found in search.


    Really? How do I do that?


    I'm not sure!!! But I know it can be done... a friend of mine has his set that way.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Civilians arent supposed to know, but its really easy for the police to access all of that information, or a high powered corporation if they really wanted to.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    wolfpackbuddy saidJust read that a little bit ago. It's ridiculous. If they are going to go that far to see your Facebook profile that isn't publicly visible in the first place, who knows what else they might do. These kinds of companies want to own and control you. I'd rather run a register at Wal-Mart.


    dude, thats the problem...it's places like wal-mart that are asking for this information....just to run a cash-register.

    I see jobs posted online all the time seeking ridiculously over-the-top qualifications just to make above poverty wages...

    for example, I see job postings online for jobs at different universities...with a pay range of $28,000 a year, yet they require a masters degree... I'm like "i need a masters to make $28,00 a year? lol"

    go figure
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    This is why you don't use your everyday email that you might give an employer for your Facebook login. Even if you have searching on FB blocked, as I do, if someone has your email they can still find you. You can even Google search a name, an email and the word Facebook and it will pull people up.

    My best friend is a manager for a sales company and they routinely check people out on Facebook before interviewing.

    Personally, I'd just lie and say I don't have Facebook.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    That's one of the reasons I don't use my real name on Facebook.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    RunintheCity saidThis is why you don't use your everyday email that you might give an employer for your Facebook login. Even if you have searching on FB blocked, as I do, if someone has your email they can still find you. You can even Google search a name, an email and the word Facebook and it will pull people up.

    My best friend is a manager for a sales company and they routinely check people out on Facebook before interviewing.

    Personally, I'd just lie and say I don't have Facebook.


    which also may make u seem questionable? Like u are "out of the loop with mainstream society".....something must be weird about you.... how could u not have facebook?? what is he hiding? etc...

    the employer may view u as suspicious if u dont have an FB...it's like a catch 22
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:50 PM GMT
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    Import saidI have my security setting set on facebook, so I cannot be searched for.

    That way, if a job ever attempts to find me on there, their efforts will prove unsuccessful.

    I only friend people I actually meet and know.


    They're apparently asking for your login information however, not just looking to search for your public profile.

    Seems to be an overreach, but they can ask for whatever they want, and reject anyone who doesn't want to give it. Facebook users aren't protected.



    Cant one argue that a potential employer has access to much more information than he needs, such as relationship status, sexual orientation, and religion by logging into the facebook account?

    And, while technically yes an employer can ask for anything, but ask for the religion, sexual orientation, and marital status of an applicant and you will get hit with a huge lawsuit my friend.
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    Mar 20, 2012 4:55 PM GMT
    "You want a job, right?"

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