So, you are looking for a job, and land an interview for what may be the perfect job. You are at the interview, and everything is going well, then the interviewer throws you a curve ball: he asks for your Facebook password. What do you do? Okay this is a tough one. On the one hand, you would not be there if you did not want the job, but on the other hand, you want to protect your privacy. Yes, it is a sticky situation, and not necessarily an easy one to deal with. Now there are ways to delicately dodge that question. However before we look at this let us look at the legalities of this issue.
The legalities of the issue are there is none. There is no law, which says a potential employer can or cannot ask for your password to Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking. It is currently a legal gray area, and one that may not be fixed any time soon. This may bring a bit of comfort to all job seekers: while there is nothing that can prevent a potential employer from asking you for your password to Facebook, that employer cannot hold it against you saying no. As you can see it does not have to be a big issue, it just depends how you decide to handle it.
If there is one thing that you will need in order to delicately deflect this question is tact. You will need to provide a tactful answer to your potential employer. You will want to tell the interviewer that you are comfortable giving out that you are uncomfortable providing personal information like that. The employer legally cannot hold your potential employment against you. If you do not feel comfortable giving that answer, there are other answers that you can give that will work just as well:
For instance, offer for your potential employer information to a social site that features your professional highlights instead of your personal ones. This alternative may help you in the long run because your account on a professional site may offer more detail than your resume does.
Or simply ask your potential employer ‘Is this something that is required to move forward with the job interview?’ There can be only one answer to this no. Any other answer could be construed as legal violation.
Employers want to fill their workplaces with the best candidates for the job, and like it or not a person’s Facebook account can be very telling. Of course, you can also ask yourself the question of ‘How much am I going to be monitored here?’ The reality is that you will be supervised to a certain extent in any job that you are in, the best question that you may need to ask is ‘is this job worth the stress of that level of monitoring?’ It may not be, and as stressful, as it is to look for a job it is even more stressful to be in a job where you are constantly looking over your shoulder. Ultimately, it is your decision to make, so make it wisely.