Questions tagged [background-check]

Questions relating to checks made into ones past to determine suitability and legality for the job.

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How to answer the question “Do you have any relatives working with us”?

I know this is a frequently asked question, but I recently gave an interview, and a few days later I had a very brief call with HR. They asked me, "Do you have any relatives working with us?&...
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Onboarding and provisioning - make and model of phone

I have recently landed a role through a recruiter. For some reason, they are asking for the firm I will be working for what the make/model of the phone I have in order for provisioning. I am not sure ...
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Omitted less than 2 week employment from 5 years ago in background check which will almost certainly be found

As the title suggests, I've recently filled out a background check form for a new job and in the employment section I omitted an employment from 5 years ago that lasted just under two weeks. That ...
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Accountant as referee for self-employment proof?

I'm having a background check carried out on my 5 year employment history by a third party following a job offer. 3 years ago, I was self-employed for roughly 6 months in my home country which is ...
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Background Check Query Related to Late Tax Filing

So this year my attorney had filed my taxes but then COVID happened and he was sick/out of the country but in reality the online forms were never submitted. He finally hand mailed them in the month of ...
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Would my recent medical leave show up during the background check by a potential employer?

I am just wondering about whether my recent medical leave (I am not currently on a medical leave, but I had been on one from June to the early October of this year) will show up during the background ...
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Background Check Query- May we contact your former employer?

So I received a job offer recently, and I had to fill out my background employment details. There was this question-' May we contact the employer' and I had filled out as YES. I remembered after some ...
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Can I turn down the offer after I signed the offer letter because I don't want to wait for the background check?

Hi I was offered a 1 year maternity leave position and I signed the offer letter. The letter is called "Term Agreement Letter" and it states the start and and end dates. However they said ...
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Ommiting short-term position and background check

I have recently been lucky to get a job offer and I have been advised that once I will pass the background check I can start working. I wonder about one thing as I didn't put one short-term position ...
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Wrong employment dates in a background check

I just got an offer for an internship, contingent with a satisfactory background check. The story is I worked as a temp for a company in beginning 2019 and decided to attend grad school in Jan 2020. ...
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Would my current company know I'm applying if they receive a call doing a background check?

I am getting a background check done and they want to call my current employer. I'm fine with it, but just curious, would my current employer know I'm leaving? Is the call pretty anonymous? I would ...
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Timing between notifying that I am quitting and background check?

I accepted a job offer but it is contingent on a background check. In the offer letter, the start date is 2 weeks from now. I did not lie about anything on my resume, but I am always a bit paranoid ...
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Concerned about background check and weird employment history

So I recently just got an offer for a really cool company and I have one last concern: the background check. Long story short I worked at another company as a contract-to-hire on a ridiculously long 4 ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

This question is about the power of PhD advisors on industry job (non-research) applications. I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have ...
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Full Background check before offer, should I refuse?

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) ...
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Is it legal for a potential employer to run background checks on members of your household?

Update: The commission has been disbanded and has 90 days to leave NJ, and it is only a matter of time before they leave NY as well. I know an individual who is trying to get a labor job in NYC. ...
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I’m a software engineer who might soon be laid off. Would spending time as gig worker hurt my return?

I am a software engineer who works for a company that makes event management software. For obvious reasons, we may be in financial trouble (a lot of board meetings happening lately with a lot of ...
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delays with running background check

I accepted an academic job offer, and was asked to consent to a background check 3 weeks ago. I filled out and submitted the online forms immediately. I followed up a week later, and was told that it ...
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Can too many background checks be harmful?

I had a job interview where the company wanted me to fill out an application and a background check form at the same time. I didn't really want them to do a background check until I was offered a ...
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Is it professional to ask for reference after being terminated?

As part of the offer process, I am being asked to provide reference check as part of the background screening. I am only allowed to give Managers and not coworkers/peers. I have disclosed that I was ...
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Should I be worried about my upcoming background check for a new job after leaving my last company badly?

I'm graduating in April, this year. I signed a job offer with a large company, X, to start in May of this year. I was told that the background check would take place roughly one month from now–in ...
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What date should one list for an award? Should it be the date of notification or the date of presentation?

A couple of months ago, I was informed that I won a major honor in my field. However, the honor is not being publicly presented until sometime in the next 6 weeks. Obviously I am not listing it on my ...
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Background check and contractor in a company

I am currently doing a background check as part of my onboarding process with a large investment bank in the UK. On my resume I put just the name of company A but I was an external employee. I was a ...
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Accepted two conditional job offers with same background check company

I Accepted two conditional job offers from two large investment banks. Both of these companies use the same background check company (First Advantage) Is there a risk the background check company ...
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is It normal for employees to need to pay for their own background check?

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 ...
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Anticipated Graduation Date on Background Check

I recently accepted a job offer for a great job. My online application shows my employment and education history. For my current masters I had written down the anticipated graduation date as December ...
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Lied on my resume to get my current job. Now company is being acquired. Does this typically result in background checks?

Two years ago, I wanted a job at a cool tech startup as a new graduate so made up a bunch of internship experience to land it. The lies consisted of pretending to have 1 additional summer internship ...
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Mistake in Job Title - Pre-Employment Background Check

I made a mistake in terms of the job title in one of my internship experiences. I put down the credit analyst intern initially since I was working in the credit department in a bank. But after ...
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Background check is taking a long time (pending misdemeanor on my record)

3 weeks ago, I enthusiastically received an offer from a top aerospace company for a software engineering position. I was referred by a former coworker and immediately received an offer upon ...
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Difference in job title, Background check [duplicate]

I currently work at a tech company in the engineering department on the database operations team. I do strictly development work in my job, and everyone on my team refers to themselves as software ...
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Lied on my resume about some dates and don't know how to fix it [closed]

I have been working at a new job for a couple days now but I got an email about a blip in my screening. they are asking for proof I worked a certain time at my old job. I wrote on my resume that I ...
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My former employer doesn't count training as part of my time with the company..?

I was with my previous employer for one year and within that one year they have a four month training period. After leaving the company I've applied for another position at a different company. I ...
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Background check - Aggregating the work for a parent company and its wholly owned subsidiary

I am currently going through background checks for a company after receiving a verbal offer letter. In my resume, I had grouped my previous experience for a parent company and its whole owned ...
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Unknowingly joined scam tech company in the past. Should I include it in my work history for a background check?

A little background. My background is not a tech. I decided to join tech after self studying. When I was working at a non tech company as a non tech position, I was offered a job from one of those ...
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Background check that respects a candidate's privacy

I was asked to authorize a background check. The company performing the check is called GoodHire. Their authorization letter was fairly innocuous. It stated the candidate authorized the check. When I ...
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Should I start working if background check didn't finish? [closed]

I am in a bad situation where I have a wonderful job offer which I accepted but shortly after they told me that I have to do a background check. I've never done one before and they told me not to ...
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Date disparity on resume before background check [duplicate]

I've been offered, and have accepted a job at a large tech company. The next step is the background check where, among other things, they'll be verifying previous job titles and dates employed. I ...
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Will a company I worked for briefly appear on a background check if I don't include it?

Let's assume I left company A on 5th January (after serving my notice period). I joined company B on 7th January, but I did not like the culture and no seats were assigned to me. They asked me to work ...
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Should I mention my program change on my resume?

I am currently adjusting my resume to a position that I hope to work towards over the upcoming school year. I had spent two years in one program and then over this summer I decided to change my ...
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Background Check use Resume or Forms? Sterling

I have a job offer from a great company due to start in two weeks, and they recently asked me to authorize a background check with Sterling. I did, and the only information they required was my ...
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Hiring “sentenced hackers” for security positions - a prospect or a ticking bomb?

It's not uncommon to see individuals who have caused damage / breached big systems and have subsequently been prosecuted that have received job proposals for infosec positions. This is usually tied to ...
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Multiple DUI convictions 12 years ago. Do I disclose if I know they will do a background check?

I had multiple DUIs (Driving Under the Influence convictions) that happened 12 years ago all within the same time period. I am going to an interview where the job requires a background check. It is ...
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Previous salary as part of background check

I'm in the process of getting a new job. I just received the offer letter, which was accompanied by an authorization form for a background check. The background check authorization form was pretty ...
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Providing proof of searching for work for a background check

I live in the UK and recently received a job offer, which was conditional on passing a background check. As part of this, they requested my employment/education history for the past few years, however ...
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How do I explain a 2 week job overlap?

I was working in this Organization X when I got an offer from other Organization Y. The joining for Organization Y was in 45 days but the notice period for Organization X was 2 months. Here is where ...
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Lying on resume about work history [closed]

I am currently an undergrad student. One of the managers I know in a small company in the US let me use their name and say that I remote-interned there. So I added this work history in my resume/cover ...
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Discrepancy with Employment Date in background check

I recently got a job offer and I'm in the process of background check. One previous employment is entered as Jan 1st 2015 to Jan 1st 2015 which is obviously an error or typo from my side or a system ...
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Should I flag up incorrect information on CV (degree title) to HR now I've accepted an offer and going through the background check process?

I accidentally listed having a Bachelor of Arts degree on my cv whereas my it should be a Bachelor of Science degree. I’ve listed the BA like this in my CV “Bachelor of Arts (Maths and Statistics)”. ...
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Applying for a promotion and noticed I have work history missing from initial application

I am applying for a promotion. I have been with the company for 3 years. I had a background check to get the position, which I assume I passed, since I have the job. The company claims they are not ...
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I listed a wrong degree date on my background check. What will happen? [duplicate]

I had a pretty complicated college history. I transferred to a small college after spending a year gathering credits at two colleges in NYC. For the two colleges in NYC, I also took high school and ...

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