I don't get why background check is asking for so much useless information (about employment, references, address history etc). Why can't they just check the information themselves if all the records are already in the system.

I've only filled out the information that I thought were relevant to my resume and left out on a lot of information I don't remember much from the past.

So it is okay to provide the background check information only you think it's relevant?

So it is okay to provide the background check information only you think it's relevant?

Based on this apparently annoying situation you are experiencing, the obvious answer here would be no, otherwise you will be constantly asked for information again until they are satisfied. The problem is that how do you know what is relevant for them?

That is why it is a good idea to provide as much information as you have (a reasonable amount, though) that is related to the job you are applying for. This way you will have less back and forth when Background Check seeks for your clarification.

Given that you probably can't guess every single thing Background Check requires, it is best to provide as much as you can. That or check any reference (website, manual, etc.) they may have on the requirements for such process, or perhaps some coworker; chances are they may have it documented.

Why can't they just check the information themselves if all the records are already in the system.

Probably because (1) they want something that is not in the system, or (2) they failed to search and find that information.

Anyways, seems that, again, it is best to provide as much information you have on this, so you don't have to guess what they want or waste time on clarifications.

I'd say the real reason you have to give all that information has nothing to do with what's in the system nor with them failing to search for something. Rather, it is on you to disclose everything truthfully and they cross-reference any existing information to check its veracity. In other words, they are gauging your honesty. This is without question what many government jobs do. I suspect private sector firms may vary.

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