(Closed) HR/Hiring Bees! Reference/background check weirdness

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: What's going on here?
    They aren't checking references at all, even though they asked for them : (5 votes)
    38 %
    They are still going to check references but they haven't started the process yet : (3 votes)
    23 %
    They are only checking references for a few candidates they aren't quite sure about : (2 votes)
    15 %
    They checked the alternate reference in lieu of the volunteer supervisor one : (1 votes)
    8 %
    They called your work supervisor and decided to stop there : (0 votes)
    The reference checks are being outsourced to the background check company : (2 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    4311 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    10366 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    4495 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    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?



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