Employers can't discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc etc. Now if you give them access to someone's Facebook, they can probably see most/all of this info. And then you have the issue of an employer clearly knowing all of this info, and then you don't hire based on it...
..and now you have a lawsuit coming. Seriously, HR would make you hire someone who's (insert minority religion here) if you went in the guy's Facebook and they complained to HR because they felt they were qualified. Now if the employer isn't disclosed this information, they're actually less liable in terms of discrimination etc. Anyways, I'm not a fan of this. Job interview isn't supposed to entail disclosing your life story. Your personaly life is completely separate from work, even if you're 24/7 on-call, a CEO, etc. Sure, your job is your life in those cases.. but what you do in your hour or 2 of free time is nobody's business (assuming you don't get caught).
Originally Posted by guyladouche
Everything a potential employer does when they evaluate interviewers is discrimination. I am not a supporter of this action, but in all fairness, how someone reacts to or treats a situation in their non-work life almost always 100% transfers to how they deal with things in their job life. Again, this practice has no place in interviews or job evaluations, but at the same time, an interviewer is forming their opinions of how you deal with a hypothetical situation they present to you in a job interview--why not see how someone actually responds to situations outside of an interview room? I see both sides, but I would never relinquish the password for my personal FB account. If it comes down to this being the thing that enables me to get a job vs. be turned away, I'd be fine showing them my content, but I would never relinquish my login credentials.
Not sure if serious. Most of my friends with parents in business jobs (meetings, travel, etc.) are spoiled, yes, but they never spend any time with their kids or spouse. And I'd assume they are good business men, just negligent to their family and social life. Looking at somebody's medical records for history of mental disorders, drug OD's, etc. might be a better indicator.Edited by jrbroad77 - 3/6/12 at 7:44pm