Yes, we still are the United States of America. So why is it necessary for an employer to ask interviewees to provide access to their Facebook accounts, to include providing management with the potential employee’s Facebook password. Robert Lavigne describes a scenario as follows:
The HR manager, who legally could not ask you about your sexual orientation or religious beliefs, does the unthinkable. They ask you to hand over your Facebook account and password for further screening. Faced with the thought of continued unemployment, you agree out of fear and coercion. As they scan your friends, uploaded pictures, status updates both public and private, you sit there is complete disbelief at what is happening.
Lavigne further adds:
Sounds far fetched, but this is happening right now. These HR policies and corporate mindsets go against everything that is Social Business. Most job seekers unfortunately will simply accept these new terms without any resort or retort. Well, I am making it clear right here and now. I will not work for any company who would promote or allow this form of social privacy invasion and social profile hijacking.
So, what will you do if your favorite corporation asks you to provide your Facebook password to HR prior to making a decision to hire you. Check out Robert Lavigne’s post in its entirety at What is Your Password?