I just applied for a new job and one of the requirements is that I needed to take a background check. I have no problem with doing background checks, however they are going to make me pay for the background check out of my first paycheck if I am hired. Is this a normal practice?
they are going to make me pay for the background check out of my first paycheck if I am hired. Is this a normal practice?
It's not common in my experience in the US.
I have never had to pay for a background check. Nor has any company where I have worked required new hires to reimburse the cost of background checks. But I've always worked in the software domain.
Seems like a very odd practice to me, but it may depend on the domain of the employer and the nature of the job.
That said, it's legal in most states. Check with your state's laws to see if yours is one of the few prohibiting that practice. I'm guessing that the company knows and is obeying the local laws.
Depends on the place you're working at. My expectation is that a very large company would be able to absorb the cost of the background/drug tests. On the flip side, a very small company, such as a small family owned shop, would need to pay for the background services and may ask employees to absorb the cost. It may also be indicative of a very high turn over position in combination of a very small company.
Since you only have to pay for it if you get the job you might as well not worry about it.
Whether it's normal or not, if you argue with the employer over this, you risk losing your chance at getting the job.
So what if you lose $100, or whatever it is, if in return you are getting a job which should hopefully pay you at least twice that per day.
As to if it's normal, I've heard of it several times. Some sectors even require that you pay for these kinds of things in advance of even applying for a job, so your case is much more preferable.
When companies require the candidate to travel to another city for an interview, the company sometimes / usually / always pays for the trip, accommodation to a hotel etc. The candidate only "pays" with his time to travel to the agreed place for the interview.
So, if the companies are expected to pay for transportation and for accommodation during the interviewing phase, why would it be normal for the candidate to pay for anything?
The rule is simple: you sell your work for money. So you are expected to receive money, not to give.
I would not give even half a thought about a company which cannot pay its own costs. Even if it is not a scam, it is not really desirable either.
In general, when someone claims to offer you a job, but asks you to pay to anyone to get the job, it’s a scam. Most likely the job doesn’t exist. Especially if they didn’t do any proper interviews, nothing where they invested time, then its 100% a scam.
If not a scam, it’s still so unusual that you would refuse to pay. And some people noted that you are supposed to pay out of your first pay check: Getting a check, making a payment, and then the check bounces, is a notoriously common scam.
Someone I know fell for the following scam:
She was e-mailed by a company that offered her a tutoring side gig: they'd refer to her students looking for a math tutor, and she'd tutor them, and give the company a portion of her earnings.
After some brief discussions / interviews, the company asked her to pay them $70 upfront so they'd run a background check. She foolishly paid. In a few days, the company e-mailed, "congratulations, you passed the background check. Soon we'll be sending some students your way." They have not been heard from again.