Originally Posted by Rubers
No company has the right to request this information. My Facebook page is private and it's that way for a reason. It's my page between my friends and I quite simply wouldn't entertain any company that would ask for this information. It's a breach of privacy and they have no rights to do that.
There are criminal records checks and sex register checks which I'm fine with. Those are all they need. If they want to know about me then they can search me on Google and comb through the thousands of people with my name and get all the information I've personally and purposely left public. Anything I've deemed private is exactly that.
If celebrities are entitled to injunctions to protect their privacy then I'm entitled to protect mine. You wouldn't see a movie studio asking for an actors facebook details, or the CEO of ActivisionBlizzard being asked for his Facebook details when he moves back to running a food company. So what's different here?
Nothing. We're all people and we all have the human right to privacy and freedom from harassment. We also have the right to not apply or take these jobs, sure, but these companies shouldn't be able to legally ask for that information. It's about time the government protected our rights and stopped them from being able to ask for personal and private information. Otherwise it's going to get to the point that companies will require cameras and microphones in your house to track everything you do and monitor everything you say. It's the exact same thing.
A company has every right to ask for this information and you have every right to decline. It is not a breach of any privacy law (currently) to "ask" for this information.
Companies need any way possible to weed out potential employees. What some of you don't understand is that as a hiring manager I get literally thousands of applications/resume's for one position. How do I determine the best candidate, as quickly as possible?
First HR will go through the list and any resumes that indicate race, gender, religion or other personal information are tossed in the round file without further consideration. This is due to the potential for a lawsuit (you didn't hire me because I am a purple and yellow stripped female...)
Second, I would go through them and check for relevance (is a janitor applying for a chip design position). Those get round filed too.
Third, I would check experience (depending on the job requirements) and jobs. I save the ones that may not work now, but might in the future (I have almost 5k resumes on file).
From the rest of the stack I will round file resume's with blatant grammar issues and spelling errors.
Now, after sifting through 1000 resume's I am down to about 500 (usually more) so I need another way to weed out the candidates. My team and I will go through and toss out any other odd ones (like bright paper, odd fonts and gimmicky stuff (save that for your marketing job please)). From the rest, we will pick out top 20 candidates and do google searches on those. Any weird stuff shows up (like said binge drinking photo's) and they are gone too.
After said weeding is done, we will usually end up with about 20 "qualified" candidates. We usually weed out another 10-15 based off the phone interview and then more during the first interview. I have asked several people to go home, and change into something more work appropriate before the interview even starts. That is a big one. If you show up for an interview blatantly under dressed you will not get the job.
I will however never ask anyone to show me their FB page for kicks or as a condition of employment. We do run background and financial reports on anyone we are thinking of hiring.