A disturbing new interview trend

You’ve taken the time to build the perfect resume and it’s passed the scrutiny of the powers that be and now you’ve landed your interview.

Excited and nervous , you begin rehearsing the possible questions that could crop up, “why did you leave your last job?”, “What’s your strongest asset?” “What’s your Achilles’ heel”, “what’s your Facebook login information?” Wait…what?

Bet you didn’t have that last one on your list! But, it’s true- some employers are asking an all-too-personal question… your login details for your Facebook account. Now, I’d venture a wager and say that most companies are smart enough not to do this, but if your Facebook timeline is set to private, you may find yourself sitting in the midst of a very uncomfortable situation.

I’m of the camp that if you put it out there, you must own it and you must withstand the scrutiny OF it. But, if you’ve set your timeline to private, no company has the right to ask you for your login credentials nor do they have the right to demand that you login, during your interview, so that they can poke around and see what you’re up to. I’m of the strong belief that they shouldn’t ask you to even friend an HR person within their organization. (yes, this often happens too!)

So, what if they ignore all of the unspoken social networking rules and ask you for your login credentials or to friend an HR exec? What’s the best way to respond to a question like this? After giving much thought, the best I could come up with is,

“I understand your company’s concern for their brand and their corporate entity. I consider myself to have the utmost integrity and professionalism, as you’ll witness through my outstanding employment credentials. I think you’ll be pleased to know that I pride myself on keeping my personal life personal, and my business life business. I feel it’s the only way to establish a great working relationship!”

I’m hoping that you never encounter “the question”. But, make sure you are AWARE and PREPARED going into your interview!

What’s your best suggestion on how to deal with this question, should it ever arise?


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