I'm looking for a job right now, and I got all the standard questions, but they are asking for things I am not sure I should give out.

  • LinkedIn ID
  • Skype ID
  • Last 4 digits of my social security number
  • Zip code
  • Highest education with year

Do any of these cross a line?

I'm in the USA

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    What' the context? Is a recruiter asking for these things? If so, is it someone random who has contacted you out of the blue? Or is it a recruiter you've got an established relationship with? And if so, are you in the middle of negotiating for a specific job opportunity?
    – dwizum
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 16:12
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    @bxk21 the legitimacy of using SSN for duplicate detection is dubious, IMHO. There are other ways of doing it. Those other methods might require that a human being look at information and apply critical thinking for 15-20 seconds, but I understand that some shops might be hesitant to use human beings to perform human resources related tasks.
    – alroc
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:02
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    Too short fpr an answer: provide the highest education but don't include the year. Including the year may give sufficient information to discriminate against you based upon age, or otherwise make assumptions about your age/experience that are not true.
    – alroc
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:03
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    What happens if you don't have a Skype ID?
    – alroc
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:52
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    Zip and SSN (or last 4 digits) seems fishy and realistically should not be asked until they run a background check on you (at that point you would need to provide full SSN) which is usually a last step in hiring process (after interview). I would assume whoever contacted you is harvesting the data at the best or trying to do some illegal stuff at the worst.
    – AlexanderM
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 23:37

2 Answers 2


Send your resume. Your address, phone number, name, work history and education history are all there. If they are asking for any additional personal information, share that you are happy to provide those details to potential employers for the purpose of a background check, etc.. If the recruiter wants to complete a credit check or background check as well, share that you are willing to provide personal details directly to the agency completing the check.

You should be forthcoming with information related to your work and education, but be guarded about personal information.

Best of luck with the job search!


I would not share the last 4 of your social with the recruiter, but the other information in your question seems reasonable to share. If it's needed for background/credit check I agree with jay. You can inform the recruiter that you do not feel comfortable sharing that information and let him know that you are willing to share directly to the hiring company or the agency completing the check. Never the individual.

Summary: Most of this information should be on your resume, but this is my opinion.

  • Last 4 of social: do not share.
  • LinkedIn ID: I would definitely share.
  • Skype ID: personal preference, I would in case that's how they would like to contact you.
  • Zip Code: It helps narrow down the job search if you've got a limit on commute time.
  • Highest Education: I would share, It's on your resume right?

Best of luck!

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    education, yes, but not year graduate
    – Tina_Sea
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:21
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    @Tina_Sea Why not? It's on your diploma as well, correct?
    – Mast
    Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 9:41
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    @Mast I think it is to avoid the potential for age discrimination as graduation year is an indicator of your age Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 10:18
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    @JosephDevlin A potential indicator - I know someone whose first experience of University was studying for a Masters, after he'd retired. Your point about age discrimination is a good one - but Name and Year might (and probably are) both be required for them to verify with the educational establishment that your actually did obtain the diploma you claim. Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 11:59
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    @Chronocidal My take away from this is that I should wait until im about 12-15 years into my career then do a masters to become young again :D Commented Mar 10, 2020 at 12:15

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