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Old 07-20-2010, 11:32 PM
 
Location: FL
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I was selected for a position after being interviewed. Two weeks ago the employer gave me an appointment for paperwork and fingerprints. In this appointment I filled out many forms including direct deposit, W4, I9, and provided with supporting documentation about my education and employment references.This time also the employer collected a processing fee for fingerprints before starting to check employment references.

During the past two weeks I sent my transcripts and additional letters of personal references as well. However, the position is still being advertised as available with a new opening date every week. Three days ago I called the employer to check my status. Allegedly everything is okay but they are having a hard time collecting back the reference forms from two of my previous employers. Only one employer sent back the form.

I decided that it would be a good idea to collaborate between both parties in order to make easier the process... so I have calling both parties, doing follow up, sending e-mails and doing my best effort.

I do not know what think about this. Is it a common practice to hire an applicant, collect money for fingerprints without checking first employment references?
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:14 AM
 
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it's scummy at best...scammy at worst
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Why would you have to pay a fee if they want to hire you? That's part of a background investigation that one would only use on a candidate who is under serious consideration for the position, costs that are not generally placed upon the job seeker.

Do they have more than one position available, and perhaps that is why you are still seeing the ad?

Do you know people at your former employers who can attest whether or not they have received the form from the prospective employer? You could always call them to find out to whom they should address the form, as companies do change. Then, you can call back the prospective employer and tell them to send the fax to a specific person.

Good luck.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:29 AM
 
Location: FL
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  1. Do they have more than one position available, and perhaps that is why you are still seeing the ad?
  2. Do you know people at your former employers who can attest whether or not they have received the form from the prospective employer?
  3. You could always call them to find out to whom they should address the form, as companies do change. Then, you can call back the prospective employer and tell them to send the fax to a specific person.
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  1. They do have more than one position available under the same job title but... every position has a specific id number. The one for which I applied for is still advertised as available every week with a diferent opening date.
  2. People from my former employers told me that they received by fax the reference form asking for an unknown employee. When I knew it, I called the prospective employer to correct it and asked to resend the fax.
  3. I do know that companies do change so I called every of my past employers in order to confirm who to contact with for employment verifications. I have evidence of all my e-mails to the prospective employer telling to address the fax to a specific person.
For me it is still a questionable practice to collect a fingerprint fee before checking references in first place. I really feel like robbed!
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Old 07-21-2010, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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For me it is still a questionable practice to collect a fingerprint fee before checking references in first place. I really feel like robbed!
I can understand that, since it seems like you are getting the runaround.
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Old 07-26-2010, 07:33 PM
 
Location: FL
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After two and a half waiting weeks I was informed by the employer that the recruitment process will not proceed. The employer declined to offer reasons.
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