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“We’re gonna need you to come in on Saturday, and give us your Facebook password.”

As you prep for a job interview, I’m sure a flurry of questions runs through your head – “Am I wearing the right clothes?” “How many other candidates have applied for this position?” “Do I have sufficient experience?” “I wonder what their work environment is like.” But I’m sure you’d never expect to hear your interviewer utter these invading words: “Can you please give me your Facebook login information? I’d like to check out your profile.”

This recent interview trend, as reported by the Associated Press last week, has many people wondering how far is too far. Not only does this practice invade a job candidate’s privacy, but their friends are then subjected to unsolicited profile views, as well.

In response to the recent exposé, Facebook issued a statement Friday expressing serious concern for its users’ privacy and have now made it a violation of the company’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password.

So what if you were faced with that situation? Is it just a way for employers to make sure potential employees will represent their brand in a positive manner or is it an excuse to invade one’s privacy?

Genna Young is an assistant account executive at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach her at (313) 567-5014 or young@franco.com. Follow her on Twitter at @GennaYoung.