I was just reading an article¬†about Facebook social media recruitment, and was shocked with what was stated. Some recruiters are actually asking job seekers to provide their Facebook username and password so as the recruiter can view their account.
Is this for real? I’m afraid it is. But doesn’t this step a little bit (or maybe a lot!) on privacy?
Okay so I do understand how recruitment can be made more effective using social media. Eventually when you are promoting your vacancies over social media, you are reaching out to a huge amount of job seekers. Over LinkedIn, whose purpose is really to create a business-oriented social media environment, it makes sense to view job seeker profiles, but again to the extent at which they allow. But over Facebook, and to access another person’s account? It is similar to interfering with this person’s personal life.
Would a recruiter ask a job seeker for a ride in his car, to see his attitude while driving? Would he ask to go out with his friends to see what type of personality he has, or how he acts around his close friends? I’m guessing a big NO.
Alternatives of this approach are being asked as well. So if a recruiter does not ask you for your username and password, he might ask you to befriend him on Facebook, or befriend the HR manager, or maybe ask to install a Facebook application that they created which fetches info about the job seeker..¬†Privacy privacy people! It’s really a thin line between staying too misinformed, or going too far, but people do have the right to keep privacy.
So in short, Dear job seeker,¬†I believe it is your right NOT to be requested for Facebook credentials, befriending anyone or performing any action for the sake of landing a job. Your skills are what gets you the job, your suitability for a position, not intruding into your personal details.
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