I just read this article http://www.prdaily.com/Main/Articles/11162.aspx# and have been hearing a lot about this topic from various sources. In essence, this is a case of trust. If the company does not believe what you say and want your passwords to verify, then it begs the question: why are they hiring you?
If the interviewer asked you to undress to “verify” that you are male/female, would you do it?
If the interviewer asked you for your bank PIN codes so they can “verify” you are ask rich/poor as you claim, would you do it?
Everyone knows that an interview process and background checks do not guarantee that you will end up hiring a top notch employee. There are just too many factors. Even a top-gun coming into an environment where he cannot get along with other colleagues, will make him a mediocre performer at best and a destructive force at worse.
If you entered an online contest and it asked you for your Facebook password to win $1 million – will you do it?
Asking for passwords to delve deeper into a person’s private live is not really ethical. It is called prying. So, why is it wrong in your neighbourhood but becomes right when a prospective employer does it?
There is a word for doing something in return for the hopes of getting paid… let’s not say the word out loud…