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Old 01-14-2014, 07:19 AM
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It also depend on the size of the company.

DH works in a blue collar role in a highly technical job, but whenever he has worked for a big company he has had his background check done. And no, not only criminal background, they check everything beginning with high school, places and dates of employment, reason for leaving, credit, etc. Usually this check is performed not by HR directly, but by external companies that do that. And they really are extensive and detailed sometimes even to the point of being ridiculous (another thread issue...). But I can assure you they will catch any lie or misinformation or "improvement" you might had done to your resume. This is usually done after they have offered you the job but contingent on you passing the background check.

Before that, during the interview process, HR do call previous employers and verify references. But when they decide to hire you, you have to submit to this extensive background check.

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:40 AM
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You have to know what you can get away with and what you cannot. I can tell you the employers know precisely what they can get away with and what they can not. They know exactly how much they can [bleep] you and not get sued or arrested.

I don't trust my current employers as far as I can throw them so I'd gouge my eyes out before wanting a potential employer speak to any of them, but I've been at this job for so long that leaving it out entirely to avoid the question of "why don't you want us speaking to them" would just lead to other questions like "why is there such a huge gap in your employment" or "what color underwear do you have on right now?"
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:39 AM
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if you are 28 and dumb down your resume, fine
if you are over 40, then you might have to consider the inteviewer might think
"this person seems intelligent, why have they accomplished so little, there must be some hidden thing that's wrong with them"
Am I right?
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