My resume contains a short internship (1 month) in a now closed startup.

Due to this I have not been able to get experience certificate from them, nor I am able to contact my former manager there. So I did not include it in the background check form for a new job.

Now I have got the offer and they have started background investigation, should I tell my to-be employer about this? Or should I just wait for their response to see if they even care about that job?

I only have a few mails of correspondence as proof of employment.


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You might want to get in front of this. That is, yes, tell your new employer. Perhaps something like

You know what? I didn't put [defunct internship] on the background form because I assumed the background check company would be calling them; I cannot contact them myself, so I omitted it. Now that I think about it, the background checkers might have other means of seeing where I worked. If this is the case, they will see that I was at the defunct company. Should I contact them to correct the mistake?

You run the risk of looking a bit like a doofus, but you darn sure won't come across as having something to hide.

  • Why not directly contacting the background check company, just saying you forgot to add it? I don't see why the potential employer needs to be involved here. Nov 8, 2017 at 8:54
  • @NoBackingDown If the OP can contact the background check company, then yes he should do that (in addition to mentioning it to the hiring company). When I have applied for positions that required background checks there was no contact with the investigators, just an authorization form held by the hiring company. Nov 8, 2017 at 15:01
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    Would they even seem like a doofus for simply omitting something they didn't think was relevant? A resumé is just your sales brochure. If I put every job I've ever had on mine recruiters would put it straight in the garbage without reading it because it would be excessively long. Nov 10, 2017 at 16:49

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