I am currently living in Quebec, Canada, and in the hiring process for a company in IT/Telecoms
I had already 3 interviews, two with recruiters (they contacted me when I sent a letter to the company) and another with human ressource director and a project manager. The last one succeeded, and now they want another one with a test.
Things are, the recruiters want to make an immediate background check, including criminal records, credit history, civil status, degrees, of course they need my Social Insurance Number for that, plus two references from former coworkers. As an ex-european all of this is quite a lot, background checking through ex-employer is common but credit and criminal ? I thought this was for critical jobs such as administration or military.
- Are criminal records really relevant as an IT/electronic job ? They don't work with army or sensitive and hazardous systems, they just build system not manage them.
- Why credit history matters ? I am in Canada for less than 5 years, will it affect my credit score ?
- Is it safe to give away SIN over simple emails ?
My father-in-law told me when I arrived in Canada years ago to never give up the SIN to other than banks, employers or administration, I would gladly give it to the company after they gave me an offer, but should I give it now ? What if I fail the test ? Or if there are several other interviews/steps after that ?
I know that most companies deleguate the background check to a third party, and it seems to be the case but I cannot be certain that the recruiters will respect fully privacy.
Should I decline politely and tell them I will give all those informations (basically all my private informations) when I will receive a formal offer ? In the past I refused a job because a recruiter asked me to sign a document, kind of non-compete agreement, giving him and the company total control of what kinds of job I would have right to apply in up to two years after resigning, worldwide...
Thanks a lot for your answers