Knowledge of Background checks? HR? Hiring Process?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My husband had a background check that took two and a half months. They were also waiting on additional information. He’s never been arrested or any legal issues whatsoever. I’m sure with the weather being so crazy all over the country it’s backlogging things so he’s probably fine.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@leisha606:  It’s probably fine! They really do take forever, and they might be double-checking to see if the misdemeanor involved a child or the elderly, since I think some places like hospitals dig a bit deeper. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think your best bet is to ask what’s causing the background check to take longer than usual. I’ve honestly have never taken so long for a background check. I’ve worked in HR for a tiny bit (so I don’t know a whole lot), but it usually should take up to 48 hrs. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If they specifically asked about a felony and he didn’t mention the misdemeanor, that MAY be what’s holding it up.  Routine level 1 checks will pop up criminal records which require a bit more research.  I used to do HR and it could be anything from unpaid tickets that become warrants in other states to other, more serious things.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

@leisha606:  hi! i work in employment services for individuals on parole, so am quite familiar with background checks. i wouldn’t worry about this one. anything 10 years old isn’t likely to matter, especially not a misdemeanor. the company likely has a 3rd party doing their checks and it can take a while. they likely have predetermined guidelines set up.

if you want, he could call HR w/o naming himself and say i’m interested in applying to your company. i have a 10 yo assault misdemeanor, would this exclude me from hire?

don’t worry tho, i’m sure it’s fine. a 10 yo misdemeanor isn’t a huge deal. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

@chillinchillin:  I can bet that if he calls and pretends to want to apply and asks whether his 10yo assault would affect his candidacy, HR will only state the obvious – we have a third party determine that for us! Been there, done that. 😉

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

@leisha606:  Glad everything seems to be working out! Best! 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I hope more bees comment. I have zero clue about these things, but I am curious. I have read that some rules were changed in regards to this issue. I saw that employers are not supposed to avoid hiring for arrests not resulting in convictions, as we are to assume someone is innocent until proven guilty. I also read that convictions for misdemeanors or felonies have to be relevant and recent in order to avoid hiring individuals. Some big corporation fired a bunch of people after redoing background checks. The military even did it recently. I also read that like 1 in 4 people have some sort of criminal background, be it arrests, tickets, etc. Most people work despite that. 

I just wonder if companies actually follow EEOC guidelines. How would you know for sure why you were excluded? How do you prove it was improper? I think that it is ridiculous that they are looking a freaking decade back! People can change and mature. It can also be that the police arrest first and let the court handle things later. I have heard about folks being in trouble because they have the same name as someone else. Unless you are trying to work with money after an armed robbery conviction, I just don’t get it. A person with a clean record can go berserk and start shooting, robbing, or raping for no reason. The past does not always predict the future. I really hope your SO gets the position despite this. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i work in HR admin and we process our police checks online. Most of them come back with a result straight away but some take a while. this could be due to any number of reasons eg. his name might be common so there could be more than one person with the same name and DOB. If there is a record the check has to be screened through various states’ background records through a different background checking  company before a result can come back to the particular state you are in etc which can take quite a while. They are just being cautious until they have a clear result back and from there they can decide to proceed with his employment.. i wouldnt worry too much.. as long as he has declared things truthfully he has nothing to worry about

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

To be honest it REALLY depends on the job. A friend of mine got hired for a job cleaning airplanes per a background check, and then he lost the job because of a ticket that he completely forgot he even had. They claimed he “withheld information” by not telling them about it. It wouldn’t have excluded him from getting the job, but not mentioning it ahead of time did.

I’m sure it’s fine, but you never know. Don’t count your chickens and all that

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

cinderella2:  I could see some places deferring the answer, its certainly not a guarantee, but as i said the organization i work for is specifically dedicated to placing individuals with criminal backgrounds in jobs and we do this all the time with success. They frequently offer useful guidelines for which types of convictions or time frames could or wont pose a problem.

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