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Public relations: Taking a Job Interview Too Far?

Okay so we all know that questions at a job interview can be pretty difficult to answer, or have a response that you would rather not say but you have to say it in such a way that is not offensive to the employer or the company, so what would you say if you were asked for your Facebook password by an employer at a job interview?

Personally, I would say no. Not that I have anything to hide at all, but I think that privacy in a job is important. In PR you will always have to take work home, so keeping your private life private is one of the only things you are left with.

I think this is a great breach of trust and privacy by employers and I can’t think of any real reason for the need to look at personal messages and photo’s on the social networking platform.

A recent article on the Telegraph explained how many employers in the USA have been asking for login information if Facebook profiles are hidden on the website.

There was one case which saw an employee refuse the information despite a number of persistent questions from his boss. He still works for the company but there may be many cases were you can lose the job due to this fact alone!

My own personal view is that a job is not worth the invasion of privacy and in a day to day role, there is absolutely no need for an employer to know so much about your personal life.

As long as you are performing well at the job, what is the need for the extra knowledge?