El Pasoans React to Employers Asking Job Applicants for Facebook Passwords
POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 9:15pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 9:30am
EL PASO - With more employers asking job applicants for social networking logins and passwords, some El Pasoans feel that might be crossing the line.
Companies have been known to look at social networking pages of potential employees. Because of privacy settings on profiles, some companies are now asking applicants for logins and passwords.
"It's ok if they look at it, but providing my personal information like my password I think that's taking it too far," said UTEP Student Anahi Marquez.
Companies that don't ask for passwords sometimes ask applicants to friend a human resource manger or log in to their accounts during interviews.
"I guess it kind of is ok because they kind of get to know what kind of person you are," said Adriana Contreras.
Most employers asking for access are public agencies looking to hire police officers or emergency dispatchers.
Fred Perea with the El Paso Society for Human Resources Management said in a statement that more companies are developing policies for using online resources to screen jobseekers.
He said it's very appropriate to ask a company about their stance on using social media to screen candidates.