Post # 1
I’m up for a job I really want. It’s a seasonal position but it would be a great way to get my foot in the door to the career I want. I’ve had two interviews and I was contacted at the beginning of the week about providing references. I emailed them right back with the two they wanted (current volunteer supervisor and former work supervisor) and one alternate in case they couldn’t reach one of the other two. End of the week, I got an email about filling out a form for a background check. I figured that if they were asking for that, they had checked my references and were moving me on to the next (and hopefully final) step, since background checks cost money and I wouldn’t think they would want to do it for someone they WEREN’T planning on offering a position to. My mom even encouraged me to start looking for apartments in the city I’d be moving to!
Well I faxed the form in and went to go volunteer. When I got there, I asked my supervisor how the reference call went. She said no one had called her! Now I’m freaking out because I THOUGHT I was thisclose to getting an offer. If I have to wait until they finish the reference check AND background check, it will probably be at least another week or two until I have an answer. I should mention that they are hiring multiple people for this position, so if they haven’t even BEGUN reference checks yet, it’s going to take awhile. And if I get the job, I will have to relocate so I want as much time to figure things out as possible. Plus, I was just liking the idea of having the reference check over with (not that I’m concerned about mine but things come up, people are unreachable, have bad days, etc and that stuff can torpedo a reference check.)
AHHHH! Can anyone shed some light on this? I’m so scared this is going to blow up in my face at the last minute.
Post # 3
Either they haven’t called yet, or they won’t call at all. Sometimes they also prescreen 2 sets of similar applicants and base their decision on what they find in the background.
Post # 4
How large is the company? My company has a contract with the background check company we use…it doesn’t matter how many applicants we send in for checks as long as it falls in the range we are contracted. Our recruiters have a step by step process – the background checks are submitted when they enter the candidates in the system and its automative but the reference checks involve an actual conversation so many times they wait for that until the background check clears.
Post # 5
It depends. They may only call one. They may call neither. Or, they may not be offering you the job. Definitely don’t sign a lease without offer in hand.
Post # 6
I have a friend that uses me as a reference on every single application she ever fills out (she does a lot of seasonal & interning type things, so a lot of applications). I have never been called – ever. I really just don’t think that references are called that often – but it depends on the job you’re applying for too.
You don’t happen to be applying for a job that requires a security clearance, are you? Its just a regular background check?
Post # 7
@MrsPinkPeony: That’s a good point! It’s not a huge organization, but they have a lot of volunteers and since they work with teens, all employees and volunteers have to go through a background check. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a similiar deal. Although I would still wonder why they asked for references before the background check form…
@adoc86: Yes, it’s just a regular job. I don’t understand why they would ask for references (and it wasn’t on an application form, they sent out an email specifically asking for them) if they had no intention of checking them. But maybe they checked the first one and then stopped if it checked out. Otherwise they would have had to check 20+ references.
Thanks for the insight.
Post # 8
Also, the applicants were given really strict deadlines for getting their materials in. In the case of the references, they wanted them within a day and a half (which was no problem for me since I already had three lined up). In the case of the background check, they wanted the form within 24 hours (which I actually did have to scramble to get in since they wanted addresses from many years back and I didn’t remember them all). If they gave these deadlines, I would’ve thought they were moving ahead quickly. Unless it was a test to see who actually met the deadlines…
Does anyone know how long a background takes? What if it involves multiple states and countries? Would you ever reject a qualified candidate if their background check was more complicated because they lived in many different places?