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Employment Background Checks

There is something new happening out there that I wanted to make you aware of when you’re interviewing for a new position. Some companies are now including credit checks will ALL criminal background checks!

Now, I am not discussion reference checks, what I am discussion is background checks after you have interviewed several times and the company is going to make you an offer, pending a “background check”

It used to be that companies only did criminal background checks and the credit checks were for financial positions or a management position where you might be handling money or budgets for the company.

If you have a clear background and good credit you have nothing to worry about, but if you have something in your background that might cause a problem, that is where you need to be ready to get proactive about a couple of things. Let me explain.

When you have interview several times and determine you want to go to work for a company and the company likes you and it seems they are going to make you an offer. That’s when you have to kick it in gear.

You do not want to do what I am going to tell you to do – too soon! Make sure you have let the relationship build up first between you and the company and, most importantly, YOU want to go to work for this company.

Here we go…

After you have had several interviews and you like the company and they like you, that’s typically when the company requests your references and after the references check out, they will make you an offer.

After they do the references and they decide to extend you an offer, let them extend the offer and make sure it is acceptable to you. This is key. You do not want to share all of your “dirty laundry” with this company if the offer isn’t acceptable to you. Make sense?

Now, if the offer is acceptable to you and you accept it. This is where companies typically do the background checks. They will tell you something like, this offer is pending a background check, or something like that.

This is where I want you to contact the hiring manager, in other words the person you will be reporting to, and explain the issue in your background. Take them into your confidence and be open and honest about you situation. Be positive.

The company will appreciate hearing about this from you and, in most cases, be able to work around it or even disregard it altogether. Here’s the thing about this. You have this issue in your background, you can choose to be quiet and “hope for the best” or you can take action and tell them before they find out.

Does this work 100% of the time? No, but it will enhance you chances greatly if you beat them to the punch are are able to give a good explanation of the situation. I hope this helps.

Good luck to you!

Mike Palumbo

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