What happens on a pre-employment background check?

When you receive a job offer there is often a line in the offer letter that says, “This offer is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.” Just what is involved in that? What can you expect to be uncovered?

Many people are concerned that if they leave a short term job off their resume or neglect to mention the job where they were fired, it will show up in a background check. This is unlikely, as it’s not like an FBI investigation into your life. Remember that resumes are marketing documents and you’re not required to put anything negative on them, but if asked to list all positions, you should, since you can be fired for dishonesty if you don’t. But, it’s not likely to show up in a background check.

But what can you expect? Attorney Johanna Harris allowed me a sneak peak at her new book Use Protection: An Employee’s Guide to Advancement in the Workplace, to explain just what to expect in a background check.

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  1. Regarding the bankruptcies, it is my understanding that current employers cannot fire an employee who files bankruptcies. However, a company can choose not to hire someone because of a bankruptcy – which is often the case for certain finance or banking jobs.

    1. I’m not sure of the rules around how bankruptcies can be used in considering a job. I’d like to learn more some day.

  2. I’ve found it best to apply to as many jobs and have as many background checks take place within a short period of time, if multiple credit checks are pulled in the same week, it will only count as on “strike”

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    1. Credit pulls for jobs aren’t the same as ones for credit. It doesn’t count against you–as long as they are pulling it right.

  3. Back in June of 2012 the Freakonomics podcast interviewed an FBI agent who investigated companies that gave false credentials for job seekers such as college degrees. It continues to be an issue as well as a balancing act.

    1. Oh yeah, there are definitely ways to try to trick the system. Hopefully the person doing the background check can see through that.

  4. I think we’re pretty mainstream.
    Criminal (7 years, really looking for fraud or violence)
    Verify dates/titles on application
    Verify degree
    Government watch-lists (limited)
    Professional references, done electronically
    Sex offender registries
    10-panel drug screen (at least I think it’s 10 panel)

    I can’t say I’ve ever had an instance where something was omitted from either a resume or application and we discovered it and discussed it with a candidate.

  5. The truth behind background checks is that most munipalities today are arresting more people for the sake of revenue collection. Also the federal government is paying more munipalities to arrest people so that the FBI and NSA etc. can collect more information on people -so they arrest people for the even smallest thing– where before they would just tell you move along— all for revenue enhancement and and information collection

    The other interesting thing about background checks is that they only look at the bad side of a person. If you volunteer for a soup kitchen or turn in a wallet with cash or any other good sameritan act –that does not get writtin down anywhere giving the prospective employer an incomplete picture of the prospective employee

    The other evil about a background checks is that even if they do hire a person it sets up a feeling of distrust and suspicion between the employee and employer –not a good way of starting off on a good job relationship. The employer is usually to ashamed of telling the employee what was found in the background check knowing that what they did was evil and wrong —plus there is no confidentality about what was found –thus the HR people can blab whatever they want

    What is even more interesting abount background checks is that they are usually conducted be a woman. While a woman has the right to abort a child in an unwanted pregnancy with the Right of Privacy(Roe v Wade) she’s sitting there at a computer invading someone’s privacy, with delight I must add –I cannot think of anything more evil and hypocritical as this!

    The other thing about background checks is that there is no evidence to show that a person with a criminal background is going to commit any crime on the job. The truth is that the most heinous criminal acts such as mass killings were committed by people with no criminal background– it’s just that it is fun and titillating for office people to sit there at a computer looking into peoples foiables and misteps –Of course we do not get to see their background

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