No Facebook Password, No Job?

March 21st, 2012 by JBWK

In a growing trend, more employers are exceeding typical interview questions and getting into something more telling: Facebook.

The USA Today reports on the surge. Instead of the traditional background-check process of asking for references, some employers are asking interviewees for their Facebook login and password on the spot. Others have required applicants to log on their Facebook accounts during an interview, or accept a friend request from the company’s human resources officer.

This tactic has prompted proposed legislation in several states, and may violate Facebook’s terms of service, but the Department of Justice says it has no intention of interfering with the process. So for now it appears to be fair game in Virginia.

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