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. Commented 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. Commented 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. Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 16:49

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