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

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Very bad online reputation is destroying my chances of getting a job

3 years ago there was a criminal investigation that resulted in my name being published in the news papers. Although the case went to court the charges were dropped. My online reputation was basically ...
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Pre-employment background check with consent for future checks

I recently interviewed for a position with the hiring manager and her next-level manager. I was offered the job on the spot, which I accepted. A couple of days later I received an e-mail from a 3rd ...
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How to tell a company I won't do a background check?

To make a very long story short, I will summarize the cause of my issue. In 2005 I was charged with several felonies I did not do. In 2007, after a couple years of fighting in court, my lawyer and I ...
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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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Convicted felon looking for a job

I am a software developer who was convicted of a drug distribution felony (Schedule 3, non-recreational pharmaceutical) in the federal system (meaning no possibility of expungement) a few years back. ...
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Should I let friends know about a background check as a courtesy?

I started a new job that requires a background check for access to non-sensitive areas. The form wants to go back five years. Should I let my friends know that they may be contacted for my background ...
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A temp agency is asking me to release all my medical records. Should I be suspicious?

I'm 17 in the U.S. (California) and have found an internship with a software company. This is the second internship I've had, and have been employed over the summer once before. They've asked me to ...
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Lied on resume about obtaining a Bachelor degree

I put on my resume that I obtained a Bachelor degree at an University but in fact I enrolled and didn't complete my bachelor there. Now I know they will run a background check and will see that I ...
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What is the most effective strategy of addressing a drug-related arrest during my job hunt?

I'm a second year Accounting & Finance student at a university which ranks in the top 10 universities in the UK. Last year (age 18) I was arrested and given a conditional caution for possession of ...
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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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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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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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Pre-Employment Background check: what constitutes "bad"?

At least in the US, job offers are typically contingent upon background checks. From my experience, these checks typically include a criminal background check, a driver's history check, and a credit ...
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Do I have the right to limit a background check?

I have had several background checks recently due to seasonal employment in Insurance. I have had multiple questions about my self-employment, or when I basically did not work. I was not receiving ...
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What should I do if I accept a position, start work, and then they tell me on day 1 my background check didn't clear?

After taking my drug test and background check I was told I was clear to workl I even put on my application about my 2 charges in detail and dates. He asked when I wanted to start, and I told him I ...
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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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How will an arrest during my teens affect my background check?

I'm 20 and living in California. I have just passed all the interview stages for a Wells Fargo teller position. All I need to complete the interview process is the background check. However I'm ...
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How should I address a non-violent criminal record when applying for jobs?

I have cleared interview of a major tech company and right now background checks are going on through third party company. I had a small issue of being charged with a misdemeanor that is a reduced ...
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Removing fake experience from my resume

I was searching for jobs for 6 months after I graduated. I signed a contract with a consulting company for 12 months. But after joining, the company faked my resume and submitted me to clients. Now ...
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How to handle a very Googleable event in my past while applying to jobs [duplicate]

So, I'm bipolar. Been stable for a while, but in my past, had a manic episode that ended badly. Got picked up by tons of major news outlets. I'm currently employed, but looking for other work in the ...
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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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How do prospective employers screen private social networking profiles?

How do prospective employers go about screening candidates' social networking profiles if they have high privacy settings and are not friends with the person? Do they have some "back door" access if ...
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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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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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Entering the professional workforce with a criminal record

When I was younger, I made some very serious mistakes and hurt people who should have been able to trust me. Without going into details, I was convicted of a serious crime. Since then, I graduated ...
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Failed background check but not given reason

A month ago I was offered, and signed a contract with a Swedish company in their German office. After that I was asked to sign a consent for background check. The consent form was for a third party ...
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Can an employer reject a job application based on not having a passport? [closed]

I was contacted by a company after providing them my CV. After that, a few weeks down the line they asked me what my status is in the UK and stated they need this information for a security clearance. ...
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How do I verify that a company offering a job actually exists?

I have recently received a job offer from a company called 'Edsor Travel and Tours' and am unsure if they actually exist at all. The job tasks surround payment and account management and could be ...
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If I don't have a relieving letter from a job, should I exclude those years worked from my total experience?

I started working as a software engineer for an MNC in India, right out of college. After working there for almost 2 years, I resigned and left the company without serving the notice period. I did not ...
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Background checks: how common is it to collect and actually obtain salary/income information for IT candidate?

For the last few years, I have been working as a programmer for a Massachusetts-based retailer. This has been a long term contract role through a staffing firm. The staffing firm has been paying me as ...
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I did an internship 6 years ago in Beijing, but due to timezone difference a Background Check company refuses to call them. How do I ask for "Proof"? [closed]

I got a job offer and currently undergoing a background screen, which includes verifying past employment. So far I am good to go, but they have yet to verify a random unrelated internship I did 6 ...
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Have job offer from major tech firm. Will 'Driving under the influence' (DUI) from 3 years ago be a show stopper? [closed]

So as the title says, I was recently given a job offer from a tech giant in Texas. The job is software development. I was asked to fill out an application and fill out the background investigation (...
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Unexpected employment date issue in background check. How do I proceed?

I was recently offered a job out of graduate school and did not expect any issues with my background check. Unfortunately, a discrepancy for employment end date showed up for my undergraduate research ...
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Am I allowed to perform a background check in one employee in Germany

We are in a Software company, and I am managing a development team. One of our senior developers has shown a weird performance, making simple mistakes, and lacking some knowledge on basic topics. I ...
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How can I protect myself when accepting a position that will force me to move abroad

6 weeks ago, I accepted a job offer for a senior position based overseas and signed and returned the offer letter. The onboard date was determined to be 2 weeks from now. Everything seems good. I am ...
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What does an employer check as part of a background check

When a new employer does a background check on you, what exactly are they checking? I understand that it combines a criminal record check but what else? Will they call up each of the past employers ...
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How do I combat an industry-wide smear campaign?

TLDR: After a long reputable career, I have seen two workplaces that I have not been comfortable in. Now after leaving one, I believe I have been smear campaigned, can't get in contact with my ...
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I'm under 18 and may get a background check that shows I'm on probation, how can I overcome this and get the job?

I am looking for a new job, and they all say I need to go through a background check. I live in Arkansas and am only 17, so I'm not considered an adult. I'm on unsupervised probation for my friend ...
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Issue with background-check on previous employment start-date

I am a recent graduate and I was given an entry level IT job offer by a large corporation not too long ago. They required a recent computer science graduate for the position, I met the requirement and ...
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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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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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Will background check for a developer position ask for specific things?

My manager in my old company (company A) left halfway through the time I was there and no-one really bothered to check up on my work after that. During the interview I mentioned things I got up to and ...
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Background check through staffing firm prior to recieving offer

I am considering taking on a contract-to-hire position with a staffing firm. I am working with a recruiter, he is working for a reputable staffing company. The company he connected me with is ...
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Whats the best way to explain my work history?

First some history: Many years ago I was charged with a felony I didn't commit. I spent years in court fighting it, but the outlook wasn't looking good. I was eventually offered a plea deal. A ...
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Can prospective employers generally find out if a candidate was fired for cause?

In the US it's pretty common for prospective employers to contact a candidate's previous employers to verify employment (dates and job title, at least). In the US, lawsuits are common enough that it'...
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Worked a job, but it was under someone else's name. OK to put on resume?

So the specifics are as follows. My spouse got a job as a independent contractor for an online job. They didn't work it much, and when I didn't have a 'real job' (for a matter of years), I worked the ...
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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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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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Disallowing religious observations [closed]

There is a country contemplating banning Islam from being practiced on it's shores. If this happens would it be wise for locally owned businesses to inquire into the religions of their overseas ...
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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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