If you are currently searching for a new job then you have probably already been posed with the question that shocks everyone. What are your passwords to your social media networks? The initial question is probably shocking for many. Many feel that what they do outside of the job is their business and not that of the potential employer. What happened to privacy? As long as you do your job, than what difference does it make what you do on your own time right? Obviously this can quickly turn into a pretty heated debate between potential employee and employer. Below are five reasons why you many not want to give your employer your social media passwords.
1. Violation of rights
The first and perhaps the most obvious reason is that it is a violation of your privacy rights. According to one magazine report even facebook is against the idea for that very reason. Privacy rules are set in place to protect you. Usually when you sign up for any social networking site there is always a line that says never to give out your password. So why do so to get a job?
2. What type of employer are they?
The next question that automatically comes to mind, is why does the employer not trust the people that are working for them. If they want access into your personal life it says a lot about a company. This may mean that they want control over everything that you do whether you are at work or not.
3. It exposes your family and friends
When it comes to social networking sites, many post pictures of family, and friends. If you give your password to an employer they will have the ability to view everything you have ever posted. They will also have access to your pictures and have the ability to send messages to your friends.
4. Who else has access to it?
Next you have to be concerned with who will have access to your account. It may be just the one human resource person sitting in front of you, but where does the paper work go. It can be very easy for another employee in the company to gain access if they stumble up on your password. This can cause problems if someone logs into your account pretending to be you.
5. You may not even get the job
Some may feel that they are not even guaranteed the job, so why give them your personal information. If a person knows for sure that they will be getting hired this may put things into a different perspective. You still should not give them the password but you may want to consider giving them access.