Help about background checks?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Birdiebaby4:  A background check would not likely reveal this slip. If it did, it doubt it would be enough to dismiss you as a candidate. However, background checks usually take at least 3 days, even for the fastest agencies.




Post # 5
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Birdiebaby4:  background checks can also take longer if you’ve lived in more than one state, so they can take awhile.

Post # 6
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Birdiebaby4:  I once waited 3 weeks for a background check to pass. 2 days is nothing!

Post # 8
295 posts
Helper bee

I work for a big retailer and most background checks take two to five days to come back, excluding weekends it seems sometimes. I’ve seen them take up to three weeks though. I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you. 

Post # 10
295 posts
Helper bee

@Birdiebaby4:  Not really because I’ve never seen anyone pay that much attention to it, myself included when doing an interview. I’m actually surprised they even called one of your references. Generally if the interview goes well and desired availability/hourly price point matches up with the needs of the business then we make the candidate an offer (assuming the background check and drug test come back clean of course). 

Post # 11
2173 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Trust me, background checks can take a while.  Don’t worry. 🙂

Post # 12
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Do you mean criminal/government/whatever background check? Or “call tjhe references” background check?

Either way 2 days is no time at all…

Post # 13
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Birdiebaby4:  Criminal background checks are looking at your criminal history record – any convictions which may relate to the position could potentially bar you from employment, i.e. theft for a retailer would be a concern.  However, the CBC does not reveal “slip ups” with employment dates.  Another thing is, although you complete a consent and information for a CBC to be run, typically this part is only conducted with an offer already given, contingent on a successful background check.  A CBC is not meant to be a screening tool.  While not illegal (although it does vary state to state, and I am only familiar with NYS), it is certainly NOT best practice to run someone’s CBC prior to an offer being accepted, so I would be surprised if they did this. 

However, reference checking could reveal the date issue, although you indicated both previous employers are out of business so this seems unlikely.  In the future though, if I were you, I would try to pin down the dates to the best of my ability just so a potential employer doesn’t exclude you due to falsifying your employment application.  Different employers treat this information differently, but where I work, we would not offer a position to someone who falsified dates of employment. 

All of that said, two days really is nothing in terms of reference checking and background results.  Sometimes, it takes me a week to pin down two or three people!  Plus, you never know what their process is (the manager might hand it off to HR who then has to process everything, and trust me, sometimes there is a lot going on for HR and it may take some time!)  

Did you send a thank you email?  Maybe that is a good way to remind the manager that you are still very interested.  Good luck!!

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