Don’t want to answer that? Looks like your Facebook page just answered it for you. Some job interviewers use social media to answer questions they shouldn’t ask.
During the interview process there are certain question that aren’t allowed to be asked, but job interviewers have discovered a digital loophole to avoid breaking the law. Digging up dirt on their job candidates, employers use social media to find answers to personal questions they aren’t supposed to inquire about.
Students fresh out of college are experiencing this phenomenon—after going on a job interview their interviewers will request to be their “friend” or become on of their followers. Putting students and job candidates in between a rock and a hard place, they fear not accepting the request or the follow might put them at a disadvantage for getting the job.
Although it is common knowledge that employers use social media to make sure that you are on your best behavior while online, employers are taking it to the next level and making it personal. Most people on the look for a job know to tidy up their profiles sending out job applications, but now job candidates might have to be delete additional personal information as well.
While in an interview there are several things that aren’t obvious about a job candidate such as their religion, marital status and sexual orientation. By law, employers aren’t allowed to pry for this information due to the bias the answers can create.
Employers use social media, scoping out profiles of prospective hires and is leaving both employers and job applicants with concerns and questions.
All the questions that shouldn’t be asked during a job interview are readily available on social media networks, and profiles that include personal information could prevent candidates from getting hired. For example: if an employer while on your profile sees that you that you plan to have children, you might not get hired.
Up from 34 percent of employers six years ago, 77 percent of employers use social media to recruit candidates according to the Society of Human Resource Management. A dozen states have banned employers from asking employees for their passwords to their social media accounts, and Congress is taking into consideration several measures making it a national policy.
When it comes to the personal information a interviewee voluntarily makes public, there are no rules. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hasn’t issued any specific rules about social media, creating a grey area on both sides of the job interviewing process.