Bradley-Morris, Inc. frequently answers queries related to the military to civilian transition such as this veteran job seeker’s social media question:
“Can a potential employer require me to give them my social media passwords in order to view my pages?”
In part, the response includes this bit of advice.
How do you handle this type of question if it is asked of you in an interview? Some good advice comes from an article entitled “How to Handle Illegal Interview Questions” on Yahoo Hot Jobs by Todd Anten. An option Anten mentions is, “Don’t answer the question, but answer the intent behind the question. This is usually the best option, since it allows you to provide a tactful answer without sacrificing your rights. To answer the intent behind the question, try to figure out what the interviewer REALLY wants to know.”