Morris Quoted on MSNBC about Facebook
March 27, 2012
As reported last week, the story about employers asking for Facebook passwords has exploded. I have seen no less than thirty stories on the topic. Yesterday, I was interviewed by MSNBC on this very topic. First, the reporter asked me how widespread the problem actually was. Without hesitation, I let her know that I don’t think its as widespread as the media is reporting. I have never come across an HR professional that would even consider this practice. I feel strongly that this is being done by smaller employers that really have no clue what to do or say in a proper interview. I equated it to employers that still ask how old an applicant is or if they are married! Secondly, she wanted to know if employers were searching the internet for informtion on employees and candidates. Well, as we reported in our latest background screening survey, they are, many of them. However, when asked what they are actually looking to find? I was very matter of fact in saying, I don’t even think they know what they are looking for. Its easy to just Google someone! When they do it however, I don’t think they realize what they want to find, or what to do with the information once they find it!
You can read the full story below!
Public opinion is clearly with Facebook on this, and many took to social media to condemn such password shakedowns. But it’s time to tone down the hysteria. It turns out, few hiring managers choose to put on their Sherlock Holmes cyber snooping hats.
Yes, it’s disturbing to hear that some hiring managers are asking for Facebook passwords from job candidates. And in this tough economy, saying no to such a request may mean you don’t end up landing the gig because there are still so many people out there looking for work.
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