If You Post It, They Will Come

This Forbes article’s title sums up its content: What Employers Are Thinking When They Look at Your Facebook Page. It includes a score sheet of “Five Big Qualities” used to rank college students based on information revealed on Facebook. (I hope whoever named it Five Big Qualities does not plan a marketing career): Extroversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neurotocism, Openness to Experience. I’m most interested in the view of privacy expressed in a quotation from someone who opposes using Facebook in this way: “In my opinion you have no more business examining my Facebook entries than you would crashing a private cocktail party.” If a simple search allows me to read your Facebook entries then an apter analogy is  ” . . . than you would watching a cocktail party held outside in Central Park in the middle of the afternoon.” People can wring their hands over the appropriateness of winnowing candidates through social media postings, but if it can be found by a simple search, it will be used.

6 thoughts on “If You Post It, They Will Come”

  1. Well- What I find most interesting about the recent pick up in Interviewers asking for facebook passwords from future employees is the “information” part of facebook. While yes I do not want my employer to see pictures of my at a party…what I find more of an invasion of privacy is as a category of facebook you can put your Information…such as your gender, nation of origin, sexual preference, date of birth, marital status….all things that can be seen by employers. At an interview you are not allowed to ask the interviewee what their sexual preference or someones date of birth….at what point does this facebook stalking become discrimination?

  2. Any information that is easily accessible to the public is fair game for employers to see. Employers cannot discriminate against candidates under law, regardless of whether the discrimination is in person or online. Anything Facebook users do not potential or current employers to see should not be on Facebook in the first place. At the bare minimum, Internet users should protect themselves through due diligence and utilize website privacy settings.

  3. I recently received an email from my employer this summer regarding a group to be created for all of the Information Systems interns this summer. At first I thought this would be a great idea for everyone to quickly get to know each other. Then I started to worry about our first impressions to our employers. I would now have to find a suitable profile picture that would give them a good impression because now they have a group of interns all in one area where they have easy access to check on us and pretty much with our consent because we agreed to join the group.

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