Do Not Give Your Employer Your Social Media Login Info

We all know that it is smarter to keep your Facebook page free of embarrassing comments and inappropriate pictures; can't imagine what would happen if employers saw that!

So we may either go on untagging pictures or posting only to a certain more casual audience of friends to prevent this dilemma. But what happens when your interviewer asks for your Facebook login information?

While you may be a desperate long-time job seeker who would do anything for a shot at that dream job, you would be right in following your first instinct: don't give it away! Recently there have been reported cases in which employers have been asking interviewees to provide their social media login information, and although it may seem scary to deny your interviewer anything, the truth is that they would be falling out of line by asking for such personal information from you. It doesn't matter whether or not you feel like you have sensitive or inappropriate information on your Facebook, the fact is that it is illegal for employers to require or coerce you to giving up that information.

You might worry that denying them full access to your profile may raise suspicions and cause even more damage, so although you may feel uncomfortable and violated, it's still better than looking like you have something to hide. But that is not the way to look at it. Your choice to withhold and share your personal information is your right.

Consider that it is already illegal for employers to ask about information pertaining to an applicant's race, sex, religion, national origin, age, or marital status. If it is possible for users to access this type of information on your Facebook page, it follows to reason that allowing an outsider complete access to this information and more is prohibited.

An interviewer's goal with this move is to do a background check and probably also judge whether or not your personality matches well with the company's work environment. And although you may feel that what you have displayed on your profile is in line with their beliefs, handing them your information gives them even more chances to find negative things about you, whether you think they are negative or not.

If this does happen to you, and you feel uncomfortable with outright rejecting your employer, try gently reminding them of your rights, but suggest friending them so that they may see more of your profile.

If you feel that you were rejected for the job because of the information you gave them or because you denied them access to your account, then you may have experienced employment discrimination, and take legal action to address this.

Although users are protected by privacy rights, the safest thing you can do is to monitor the personal information that you choose to display online.

Lastly, keep in mind, that while you are in an interview - if you have the discipline to say no to unfair requests that an employer is asking for - you may actually demonstrate some respect for yourself in the eyes of the person interview you. After all, acting desperate isn't always a good thing.

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