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

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Will I fail my background check?

On my resume for the Univeristy/Degree I put years 2015-2019 but in my background check through a 3rd party company I put the years 2018-2019 which is the correct years I attended the university and ...
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Background check company ask to provide payslips for every worked year with my current and former employer

I accepted an offer in the financial sector in the UK. The offer is contingent on successfully passing the background checks, which are carried out by a third party. The background process has been ...
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How to investigate contractor under a fraudulent identity without tipping them off?

I am senior lead / team lead in the cybersecurity division of my employer located in the United States. I recently hired a contractor to work on pen testing (highly privileged role having access to ...
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Potential new employer wants to contact my current employer as part of intrusive background checks

I've got a formal job offer, conditional on the background checks. Because of my sector, the background checks are being detailed and intrusive. The prospective new employer wants to contact my ...
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Mistakenly put wrong year on resume, would it affect my background check?

After accepting an offer and submitting the background check report, I was notified by the immigration team that there is a discrepancy in the employment history I entered in the immigration ...
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Education Verification Question

Attended school from Fall ‘14 - Dec ‘18. Forgot to apply to graduate because I am dumb. Kept putting it off and had terrible anxiety about not having completed coursework and being unable to graduate. ...
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Will job offer be rescinded?

I have been offered and accepted a new job. Have signed contract, company has signed contract. Background check commences. On my CV I have the University I attended with the “Economics” course and the ...
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How to handle background check company that wants me to do all of the work?

I've had multiple background checks at various companies, but this is the first one that has repeatedly contacted me because they were "unable to verify my information". So far they've asked ...
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New job withdrawn after starting because of background check; what can I ask for?

I started a new job: they gave me a letter offer and everything, I waited for the background check to clear, HR gave me the start date; I asked if the background check came back, and she stated that ...
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current employer issue in background check

In the process of pre-employment check. During interview, I didn't mention in my resume about my current employer company B which I joined 5 months ago. instead, I told them that my current employer ...
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Verification of my employment has ended with other employer

in the process of signing conditional offer letter. New employer want to verify that i am not working for any other employer. how do I prove since I am planning to put two weeks notice only after ...
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Job title discrepancy in background check

I am currently going through the background check for a regulated role in a financial services consultancy. For one of my previous internships because I was given no title other than "intern"...
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Omitted current job as forgot to send updated CV and got job offer

I have a strange situation where I was interning with a company for 6 months and they offered me a full time position in . I had applied to another job in July with my CV as an intern showing as my ...
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Listed parent company on resume and background check, check couldn’t verify employer

I got an exciting offer from a company that I really want to work for. Going through the background check now and have a start date set up. At my current company, it is a subsidiary of a parent ...
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My new job keeps pushing my start date back due to “background check not clearing yet” it’s been three months

I started this new job but they keep pushing my start date back, and every time, call the day before my expected start date to tell me I will get a new project with a later start date until my ...
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How likely is it that my unfortunate incident will be revealed when I request a reference from my former employer?

Background: I have an unpleasant history with my previous employer, especially with the HR which led them to not giving me any relieving letters but a letter of termination an year back. I have ...
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Worried about Background Verification

I have resigned from my current job serving notice period. I recently got a job offer from a big IT company. They have initiated BGV and have given me a conditional offer on it. There are a few ...
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How to handle a interview where my current employer will sabotage my reputation? [duplicate]

When interviewing, how should I handle a situation where my current employer will totally destroy my reputation and thus sabotage my chances of getting a future job? I also have Autism Spectrum ...
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Big 4 BGC Dilemma

Summary: During 2012-2014 I have held unpaid jobs and two paid gigs. Got fired from one, lasted 4 months at second. I have been employed full-time since 2014. I have not disclosed these two bad jobs ...
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FBI Expanded Background Check

Asking a question of people who are more versed than me in FBI background checks. I've just received a job offer in finance—perfect job for me!—and am now being asked to complete a pro forma FBI ...
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What can I use for proof of title in a background check?

I'm undergoing a background check (UK) and I'm afraid that I don't have a formal contract stating the title to which I was promoted (Team Lead) last year at my current job. However, I do have official ...
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Could quitting in a bad timing make my current employer not want to give me reference for BG checks in the future?

I'm in the UK and I'm about to quit the job in which I've worked for the past 3,5 years. During that time, I got promoted to the Team Lead position. Now, I'm about to quit, but the company heavily ...
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How do hiring managers conduct background check? Or they don't?

Recently I went on LinkedIn to look for job, and I saw that some of the jobs have way more than 100 applicants. I am curious, what is the process like for hiring managers to conduct background checks ...
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Two job offers with same background check company

I am a graduate. I accepted an offer one month ago and the company is still carrying out background check. Today I received a better offer and I realised the company is also using the same background ...
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Would background check company also mark down HR bad reference when they request only for work duration and title? [duplicate]

I am in IT industry, I am now being background check by a company. I fulfilled my record in CV, and in the background check form align with the truth. However, there is one company in my working ...
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How to ask HR for status of background check before giving notice at current company? (CA,USA)

I just received an offer I'm really excited about with a proposed start date 3 weeks from now, but everything is contingent on passing the background and reference check. I have no reason to be ...
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Confirmation of previous employment

So I got an email from my HR this morning. Hi Adil, The check has indeed been completed. City of Milford records disagrees with the information you provided. They have you working there from 2020 ...
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Offer rescind for employment date discrepancy? [closed]

Before continuing, I just want to say that I acknowledge it's purely my error on this. Also, I am kind of freaking out over it and wished I had known better. Recently I received a job offer and am ...
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Can a job offer be rescinded for speeding citation? [closed]

Late last year I got a speeding citation for going 15 over the speed limit and I recently landed a job offer in consulting and one of the things that is required is a background check. Sure enough the ...
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I graduated over 20 years ago and put the wrong graduation date on my background check [closed]

The background check revealed that I put the incorrect graduation date for my bachelors degree that I got over 20 years ago. It was an honest mistake, actually put a date later than the actual ...
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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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