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Old 04-15-2008, 03:36 PM
 
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I've applied for a job at Bank of America. Problem is, I have one drinking-related arrest from when I was 18 and in college. I have heard horror stories of people with 20 years experience in banking getting offers rescinded because of minor criminal records from 30 years ago. Can anyone shed light on this? Is there a blanket policy there, or do they actually consider mitigating factors in making hiring decisions?
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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How old are you now? background checks usuallyu only go back 10 years.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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I would not worry too much about it. Usually employers can only use a criminal conviction against you if it demonstates personal traits detrimental to the job you wil be performing.

If you had a DUI and driving was involved in your job then it is a legitimate concern. If you had a fraud or similar financial conviction, then perhaps you might not make the best teller or Vault agent. It would be hard for them to hold a drunk and disorderly against you unless there was a clear pattern of similar behavior or other evidence that you might be more tempted than normal to allow drinking to interfere with your job duties.

It is sometimes true that job offers are made to people that the company would rather not hire but feels pressured in some way to make an offer and these instances background checks are used to find a way to rescind offers or terminate employment. In those cases if the charges were unrelated to work duties, the person affected might have a decent legal action against the company.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:53 PM
 
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It was about 10 years ago. What I've heard is that BofA uses FBI checks that go back further than that, and has rescinded offers if they find anything more than a parking ticket, not matter how minor.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Steele Creek area, Charlotte
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It was about 10 years ago. What I've heard is that BofA uses FBI checks that go back further than that, and has rescinded offers if they find anything more than a parking ticket, not matter how minor.
I don't think that is true. My husband works in corporate bofa and I have not heard that to be the case.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:54 PM
 
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That eases my mind a bit johnrex, no driving was involved, just a disorderly. Thanks.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Be honest...my soon to be father in law manages a plant and if someone lies about their background, he won't hire them. If they are forthright and it is something minor and/old, he will consider the applicant. If they find it after you lie about it, it doesn't show honesty, which is what banks seek.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:58 PM
 
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I always have been honest about it, and it's never been a problem in my current industry, but I've heard stricter rules apply at BofA.
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Steele Creek area, Charlotte
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I always have been honest about it, and it's never been a problem in my current industry, but I've heard stricter rules apply at BofA.
How long have you lived here? I believe they only do a search of your name and current state that you reside in. Did the incident happen here or in another state, b/c if it was in another state it probably won't even show up.
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:10 PM
 
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It happened here in Charlotte, so that probably won't help me.
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