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Whenever I schedule an interview via linkedin, for some undisclosed reasons, my employers change their meeting time exactly to the interview time to keep me occupied. It happened everytime without fail. I don't use my company email on linkedin, however they added me on their linkedin pages as an admin. And everyone who ever contacted me on linkedin are shown to me as 3rd degree connections. My 1st degree connections are my current employers and colleagues only. I also don't use company network, or devices (I work remotely). And no I have not shared the details with any colleagues. The employers also ask the employees who already resigned, before leaving, about which company they got selected and what package etc, in vivid details. Checking a 2nd or 3rd degree connection is also not possible before applying to a job post in linkedin because I don't know which person will contact me.

I'm being skeptical at this point thinking it can't be a coincidence that they find the exact time of interview to reschedule their meetings, every single time. Is this possible they are monitoring my activity somehow and how can I get out of this?

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  • How many times is this happening? Jan 7 at 7:01
  • @mattfreake 3 times now.
    – X5010
    Jan 7 at 7:50
  • No, I haven't. I will try that.
    – X5010
    Jan 7 at 8:17
  • Are you planning these interviews on your work machine? Depending on your location, your employer mght be monitoring it secretly and legally.
    – Erik
    Jan 7 at 8:25
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    @Erik, I realized that such monitoring is ~possible~ but I am skeptical it's commonly used in such a weirdly capricious fashion. Does the IT apparatus of a company automatically decrypt all https traffic, search keywords, and then send notifications with urls, text and screenshots to managers-- who then change meeting times to foil job search efforts? In this and various other forums, I've tried to understand the limits of what companies try, but no one "in the know" as ever admitted to anything remotely like this. Does this happen? Does anyone have 1st hand knowledge of something like this?
    – teego1967
    Jan 7 at 11:58
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This would be very difficult unless they somehow gained access to your account. Even if it were possible, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would go to such lengths to sabotage your job hunt. (People have more important things to do than monitor your LinkedIn).

If you’re worried about it though, the simple answer is to stop scheduling interviews over LinkedIn. Have the recruiter call or email you to schedule a time. You should also block off the time on your work calendar so your coworkers will know you’re unavailable.

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  • They have my schedule. It is always a 'random' decision that is in way of my prescheduled break.
    – X5010
    Jan 7 at 7:52
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IMHO, looks like someone have access to your LinkedIn messages or email you get LinkedIn notification to

I would suggest to add two-factor authentication and go over permissions you have configured for your LinkedIn account And move email notifications to out of company bounds account (Gmail, Yahoo etc)

After that , monitor meetings, you can contact me in case you need a interview time-frames scheduled for validation

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    Yes, when in doubt, it's a good idea to change your passwords++
    – ObscureOwl
    Jan 7 at 15:46
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    And review your account's security settings and remove any authorized applications. If in doubt, create a separate email account for job searches. Jan 7 at 16:50
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I really don't know how companies and Linked In administrator roles work. I do know that with Facebook, I end up with some weird and non-intuitive use cases where I can't tell that I've crossed over between acting as myself, the everday user, vs. the admin for a group that I help manage - and that has caused a certain level of information bleed... not so much unethical stuff, just bad use cases for my specific ways of interacting with the system -- so it's not out of the question.

To find out more, you may want to set up a dummy company in Linked in, and make a few test accounts adminstrators - then you can see if there's crossed signal and any way for one administrator's actions to be visible to the other administrator... I find that sort of information leak much more likely than super stealthy tapping of your Linked In account - but then that's me thinking like an engineering manager - the most likely destructive use case is usually people being bad at large scale system design and ignorant. :) Bad actors are the zebras, not the horses.


How to get out of it? My approach would be -

1 - Consider separating your linked in activity - make a you-at-work account, and add that as an admin for your work's linked in. Then detach your regular account from the company. Go ahead and leave the company as part of your Linked in resume - but don't be an explicit admin in the org. It's totally reasonable to say to your employer that you want a work life separation.

2 - When booking an interview first book time in your work calendar for the interview - I also like to give myself some slack - I'll book 15 minutes before the interview and 30 minutes after to give myself time to context switch and to unpack the interview a bit before going back to work. After you booked your calendar at work, then agree to the interview time. It means that if the interview time shifts around, you have more legwork to do on your calendar... but it's worth it. I usually label them something ambiguous like "meeting" or "personal".

3 - If your company still rebooks their meetings to collide with your private meeting - reject them. You had a time booked for something else, large amounts of meeting thrash are not respectful. In most orgs I've worked in, a rebooking meeting should obey the calendar constraints of the individuals.

4 - Is there is one specific individual who keeps rebooking their meetings? - talk to them. Ask why all the meeting time thrash. Don't disclose why it is bad for you, it's simply bad in general, and it's fair for someone on the receiving end of multiple rebookings to ask for a better process. For example, perhaps you and this person can some commonly available times that the meeting booker can count on. Good for them - it's easier to book meetings, good for you - don't book those times for interviews.

5 - ++ to getting off Linked in for scheduling. I have never found it a limitation to book via other means - like by text or email.

Most of this is in the sphere of "annoying meeting handling" and not so much about spying prevention... but it makes it hard for this person to interfere with you - whether or not it's coincidence.

Personally, I find that coincidences happen more often than you'd think. Things that can seem diabolical can still be innocent and extremely annoying. With no proof, I would address is a problem with meeting booking and work to eliminated the 'random' and get your schedule respected - it shouldn't matter whether it's an interview, a dr's appointment, or something else important - you should be able to book time and not have it constantly clobbered by meeting thrash.

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Some important questions, that have been overlooked by other answers (and advice on if this is the case):

  1. Are you signing into LinkedIn on company devices? If so, there is a good chance they have some sort of administrative tool that may allow them to monitor your usage of LinkedIn. Sign out of LinkedIn on these devices IMMEDIATELY.

  2. Have you EVER signed into LinkedIn on a company device? If so, there is a lower chance (but given the events, definitely not zero) that they are accessing your LinkedIn account as you. If the passwords are saved or you have autologin enabled, all they need to do is extract your browser cookies, import them into a similar browser/OS combo, and they can log in as you. This is highly illegal, and a really stupid thing to do, but that's not to say it's impossible. As above, log out of LinkedIn on all corporate devices, but also change your LinkedIn password.

Generally, if you suspect a breach, your best bet is to change your LinkedIn password and avoid logging in with work devices.

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