It seems that employers in the US are being rather invasive with regards to vetting candidates during recruitment and interview processes.

We all know that prospective employers will potentially look at candidates facebook pages or twitter accounts to attempt to get a better insight to their prospective employees.

However, recently stories indicate that there is now an increasing number of companies who actually want to have the passwords for candidate social media accounts so they can login and “have a look round” at information not normally available on public profiles.

This is being done through direct questions on an application form or during the interview process, with some interviewers asking the candidates to login to their accounts there and then.  Other methods involve employers asking the candidates to “friend” a member of the the HR team so that they can see the information normally reserved for people considered as a friend.

Is this invasion of privacy or legitimate screening of a candidate?  Probably both depending on the circumstances and position being applied for.

One thing for sure is that people are bound to have very strong views on this topic and this debate will surely be another ‘battle’ over privacy on the internet.

You can read the full story here.

 

 

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