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Old 07-16-2016, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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I can run a background check on anyone I want for any reason. Only when a person is doing some official check that is covered by law do they need to follow certain steps or limit what and when they look at information. Otherwise, your entire life is an open book being bought and sold everyday.

Employers now routinely use the services of data/information brokers to obtain all sorts of personal information on applicants. Why I can even learn your buying habits from certain on-line vendors, web search you conducted, and even screen names tied to some email you once used.

Now, you also need to be ready for is the admin to start delay. Sure they need you to start right away, but once the check is completed, there's nothing saying their immediate is right away. It could be weeks or months later to actually get hired.
I was talking about personal data such as credit, education, employment and past salary. Not what you liked on Facebook or what you Tweeted last night. That and a criminal checks are easy to produce by anyone.

No, I was told from HR it would be right away. It's also not the point of my thread. I still know what I'm talking about, I didn't make that up.

By the way, the delay has already occured when I was due to have my official contract. I won't disclose too much information, but there was a long long delay. They issued the contract when they felt they could finally fill the position based on their budget.

Anyway, I'll be patient instead of seeking anwsers from third parties who ultimately have no idea what's going on and neither do I.

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Old 07-16-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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No, they don't have such portal. The portal I accessed when entering my information is no longer available. It'd be too easy otherwise. There's stringent data protection involved. Can you imagine if anyone could access their own background check or even other people's?
I have gone to the website before to request a copy of my background check. I did so by logging in with my original ID that I used to give my personal info. But this time when I logged in, I found a page that gave me instructions for requesting a copy. There was no personal info or secure data being shown - I simply logged in. I was no longer able to see the original data that I entered nor my background check results, but I was logged in with a very basic login header.

Once logged in, I found a web page with instructions on how I could request a copy and I am pretty sure when I followed the instructions I have my original unique ID that was used to login.

As I told you before, some states such as CA require that a person can request a copy. Therefore, these background search companies have creating instructions/ways for people to ask for a copy. In my case I wasn't from a state that required me to be able to get a copy, but the link was available for me anyway even from my state.

Give it a try. I think there is a good chance you can find a link that allows you to request a copy.
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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I have gone to the website before to request a copy of my background check. I did so by logging in with my original ID that I used to give my personal info. But this time when I logged in, I found a page that gave me instructions for requesting a copy. There was no personal info or secure data being shown - I simply logged in. I was no longer able to see the original data that I entered nor my background check results, but I was logged in with a very basic login header.

Once logged in, I found a web page with instructions on how I could request a copy and I am pretty sure when I followed the instructions I have my original unique ID that was used to login.

As I told you before, some states such as CA require that a person can request a copy. Therefore, these background search companies have creating instructions/ways for people to ask for a copy. In my case I wasn't from a state that required me to be able to get a copy, but the link was available for me anyway even from my state.

Give it a try. I think there is a good chance you can find a link that allows you to request a copy.
Ive tried. It doesnt work. It's not a US based third party, hence their system is different.

Besides, I'm sure they know what my IP is and I wouldn't want to jeopardize my chances by intruding without formal authorisation. There is no link to request a copy, I've searched.

My queston is mainly is it a good or a bad sign if you don't hear from them? I'm 10 days into it and it's supposed to last 15.

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Old 07-16-2016, 02:15 PM
 
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Do you have something to hide? You sound very nervous? 10 days seems a bit long, usually 5 days should be sufficent.
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Old 07-16-2016, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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Do you have something to hide? You sound very nervous? 10 days seems a bit long, usually 5 days should be sufficent.
No, I've got nothing to hide as I stated in my OP.

Do you think I would have backed every line of my CV with official documents and references if I had something to hide?

I don't even have a parking ticket! I've got a copy of my criminal records and they're clean (I could have guessed as much). My credit is also clean.

I'm nervous because of a housing situation which is more or less dependent on the outcome of the background check, since I invested money.

Besides, the HR has warned me from the get go the average time for every employee is 20 working days. Also the screening company told me right off the bat it would take three weeks.

My credentials are from various countries, so it may take a while, same goes for criminal records.

In reality, background checks take two/three weeks to clear. I don't know what kind of industry you're working in, but 5 days seems a bit short. I'm sure it differs from one industry/country to another.
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Old 07-16-2016, 03:10 PM
 
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Mine normally have taken less than 1 week to be completed. However, for one job they started the background search many days after I accepted the position because they put me in a queue based on start date. There were other applicants with earlier start dates and they got placed ahead of me. So it took awhile for my search to be completed but it's because they sat on it for awhile.
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Old 07-16-2016, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Empire State of Philly
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Mine normally have taken less than 1 week to be completed. However, for one job they started the background search many days after I accepted the position because they put me in a queue based on start date. There were other applicants with earlier start dates and they got placed ahead of me. So it took awhile for my search to be completed but it's because they sat on it for awhile.
Yeah, it depends on the industry and the third party I guess.

I was warned before the start of the background check, actually before I signed my contract, that it would take up to three weeks if everything goes properly, but I was warned it may take longer.

As I said, most of my credentials were issued abroad, so I would understand the three weeks lapse.

It really depends on how quickly the universities and employers are respond to their request. I've also moved countries quite a bit, so the criminal revord aspect may be tedious. It also depends on the extent of the background check.

The point of my thread though is: Is it good or bad news if you don't hear anything during the background check time frame?

I feel as though the question hasn't been answered because I'm not exactly asking about time frame, since I was given a time frame by both the company and the screening agency. If I rely on the time frames given on here, it's going to make me even more nervous even though realistically, I'm halfway through mine.

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