How would you react if job interviewer asked for the password of your email ID?
How would you react if you need the job desperately and the job interviewer asks for the password of your email account? I faced this situation couple of months back and i answered the same with bogus password, i was rejected

You wouldn't have had that problem if you lived in the People's Republic of California. :-)

I am a resident of California and in the state of California it is illegal under California Labor Code section 980 for a potential employer to do that:

"Sect. 980

(a) As used in this chapter, “social media” means an electronic service or account, or electronic content, including, but not limited to, videos, still photographs, blogs, video blogs, podcasts, instant and text messages, email, online services or accounts, or Internet Web site profiles or locations.

(b) An employer shall not require or request an employee or applicant for employment to do any of the following:

(1) Disclose a username or password for the purpose of accessing personal social media.

(2) Access personal social media in the presence of the employer.

(3) Divulge any personal social media, except as provided in subdivision (c).

(c) Nothing in this section shall affect an employer’s existing rights and obligations to request an employee to divulge personal social media reasonably believed to be relevant to an investigation of allegations of employee misconduct or employee violation of applicable laws and regulations, provided that the social media is used solely for purposes of that investigation or a related proceeding.

(d) Nothing in this section precludes an employer from requiring or requesting an employee to disclose a username, password, or other method for the purpose of accessing an employer-issued electronic device.

(e) An employer shall not discharge, discipline, threaten to discharge or discipline, or otherwise retaliate against an employee or applicant for not complying with a request or demand by the employer that violates this section. However, this section does not prohibit an employer from terminating or otherwise taking an adverse action against an employee or applicant if otherwise permitted by law.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 76, Sec. 142. (AB 383) Effective January 1, 2014.)"

Source: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=LAB&sectionNum=980.

So, basically if that happened to me I'd point out that asking for that information violates California's labor laws. If the potential employer doesn't care I'd ask if the potential employer wants to go all in breaking the law by asking about my political, sexual and religious preferences.

In any case I'd report the violation and not want to work at a place like that anyway. 


Well I think that if a job interviewer wanted to know the password to my email address, I'd simply tell the person that I can't give out such personal information. There's no reason why a job interviewer should ever have your email address password, he might as well as for the password to your steemit account or your BTC wallet. Asking for that password is a serious encroachment on your privacy and if you ask me, not getting the job was a good thing; you shouldn't be working for such people.

I'm no HR recruitment specialist but I know that even if the company wants to monitor your emails then an official email for company use will be created for you, the fact that the interviewer wanted to get your email ID password is suspect and if I were you I'd have written an open letter to the company and asking them to explain why your email address ID is needed.

Frankly the best I've heard is for a company to ask for your social media handles so they can see just what exactly you do online and if you're someone who can actually be trusted. Going through your emails is an invasion of privacy, and I think it could be that the interviewer had his/her own agenda. Either that or it could have actually been a scam or a fake interview.

This actually happens in my country, I once registered for an internship opportunity and was told to pay a certain amount to be able to write the aptitude test. Apparently the company had contracted it out and the people they contacted it out to where charging people an arm and a leg just to write the test online. I called a friend who was in the HR industry and she immediately pointed out that it was a scam because taking money from people you want to employ is unethical, moreover, there's no reason why people should have to pay to take an aptitude test.

If at all the company wasn't a scam and the interviewer didn't have an agenda then where you failed was lying and giving the wrong password. It might have been a test, you would have failed if you gave the right password and you would have failed if you gave the wrong one, I suspect that you were probably meant to politely declined and state that you can't give out such personal information.

Maybe it has some meaning in recruitment which may imply that you won't do anything that's unethical, but since you lied and gave a wrong password that was probably a red flag for you and that might explain why you didn't get the job.

I hope this helps.


Legal concerns aside, my initial thought would be that this is all just a test. Although I haven't heard of that exact method being used before, but it is common for some companies to test the loyalty of their employees by giving them scenarios testing how they will handle things underpressure and how loyal they will be to the company.

In your case, one thing I can come up with is they are testing you if you are willing to sacrifice something(your password) so you could gain something(the job).

Since you gave a bogus password, if they are indeed testing you for such things then you should have passed. But since they rejected you, I think they just want a scapegoat. Something shady is happening at that company and good for you that you didn't get to waste your time on it.

Seriously, who asks for real what your password is on a job interview? :)


I should react professionally by saying honestly that you are not comfortable giving out personal information due to security purpose. 

A wise. smart or reliable employer wouldn't ask for that.  There are a lot of fraud happening nowadays in the cyber world. Be choosy on what company you want to work with. Search in advance the details and look for company reviews so that it will give you a clear knowledge and understanding of the company background.


 Haha we are on the same boat, but with the different case. They  (Interviewers) asked about Facebook and my password, haha of course I  didn't give them and I was told to get out of the room.

I'm sure if the company is "right", they won't ask too sensitive things like passwords. I will protect the password from any account that belongs to me, whether it's email, social media, etc. I prefer not to work in a company that is most likely a SCAM. 


Damn, that's crazy. I would never ever give a potential employer my password to anything at all, and luckily they are not allowed to even ask for it in my country.