Not being online a crime? Soon at a job-interview near you!

A couple of years ago I mused on Twitter (ironically) that "it'll soon be suspicious if one doesn't have a Facebook account" - because 'interested parties would assume that one is merely keeping it a secret; ergo: one's a potential criminal...


"In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state's Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.
Previously, applicants were asked to surrender their user name and password, but a complaint from the ACLU stopped that practice last year. While submitting to a Facebook review is voluntary, virtually all applicants agree to it out of a desire to score well in the interview, according Maryland ACLU legislative director Melissa Coretz Goemann."

via http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/06/10585353-govt-agencies-colleges-demand-applicants-facebook-passwords

The implication is clear: if you say, "well, I have no FB account", THAT may be seen as a suspicious statement - as though you had something to hide...

If employers - private and state - openly do THAT, what else is coming?

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 6, 2012 at 18:00

I'd tell 'em to get f*cked. America, land of the free? Pah, get real...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2012 at 18:06

I'd tell 'em to get f*cked. America, land of the free? Pah, get real...

yep. You'd not get the job, though ;) No matter how qualified.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 6, 2012 at 18:10

I don't care, I'd rather go for a lower paid job where I'd feel my right to a private life was at least slightly more respected.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 6, 2012 at 18:19

I don't care, I'd rather go for a lower paid job where I'd feel my right to a private life was at least slightly more respected.
congrats. As would I.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 7, 2012 at 08:29

Nothing new as it's been around for a while. In order to work for gov't or any gov't contractor you are required FBI clearance (don't remember what it's called). They basically do a background check on you, which takes a few month. If you are working for "Department of Corrections" you will have access to sensitive info and this is just another way to make background check easier to perform.

BAE employment requires clearance check, which demands release of any non-US passports/residence permits.
US Customs job guarantee a visit from FBI to all your friends and relatives for a 5 minute conversation just to get an independent view of your personality.

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 10:39

You are missing the point :p
And no tip this time

MDrX  Mar. 7, 2012 at 10:54

If I was a university educated American looking for a government job then I'd accept that Facebook and LinkedIn are part of the interview process. It would be up to me to present both in the best light possible.

If you do not have either then you are at the same disadvantage as being unable to supply references on your CV.

I check Facebook when recruiting. I haven't discounted anyone because of their Facebook yet but there have been a few people hired by other departments who I would not have even brought in for interview.

You pay for these products with your privacy anyway, what's the problem someone looking at it?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 11:13

Still not the point.

An analogy: in Ireland, Germany and, I suppose, in GB also people without a TV license get harassed on a regular basis - even if there's evidence that you have no TV/radio. Fact. The authorities will not leave you alone once you're on that sh#tlist. Why! They often spend more than the coat of the TV license. A lot more. Why?
Maybe because they don't mind the loss of income, it's about something else.
But anyhoo.

Also: this is happening at schools and colleges also. This, I know for a fact, has happened in at least one McD. Security clearance for burger flipping?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 7, 2012 at 11:14

Not 'coat' - 'cost' LOL I'm on the phone...

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 7, 2012 at 13:18

Jan, this is your implication and yours only. This is similar as not having an ID on you. Well we cannot identify who you are, so you better put your hand behind your back and come with us until we can ascertain your identity.

MDrX  Mar. 7, 2012 at 14:29

I'm unsure of the point then.

As someone who interviews people, I see it as a tool that I can use to judge whether a person is capable of waking up on a Monday morning; I can see if they partake in casual racism; if they use txt speak etc etc. Things will not go down well if they had the job.

You should expect every employer to do this, even if you'll be stacking shelves or flipping burgers. It costs a lot to employ someone and it is now very difficult to fire them if they don't fit in or their work isn't good enough.

If you don't have Facebook and you're applying for a job, get on it and show yourself in a good light. If you don't have it, fine, the next person will and they'll get the job. No one is going to be treated as suspicious for not having Facebook, they're just at a disadvantage to the next 50 guys who have better CVs. Facebook is an extension of that CV.

CTPAHHIK  Mar. 7, 2012 at 15:26

Good point, X. Another side of the coin.


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