Background Cheque Republic
April 27, 2010 7:16 PM Subscribe
I'm applying for a position at my school that is mine contingent on passing a background check/"live scan" screening by the University's Police department. Therein lies my conundrum...
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have two misdemeanors on my record that date back 7 years (disorderly conduct, violation of probation). The details behind the charges aren't very flattering, and it probably wouldn't reflect well on someone who's applying for my position.
That said, it's all behind me, and I chalk it up to mere youthful indiscretions.
Now, my question is this: I have to sign a paper submitting my willingness to participate in the background check, and I'm wondering whether it would reflect better on me to just sign it and hope they overlook it as a couple dings against me in my past (if they even look beyond 5 years or just for felonies) or whether it's wiser to speak with them in person before I submit, take full accountability (without going into extraneous details) and explain how I've learned from my experiences and I've got my life in focus, thereby taking ownership before judgments can be cast against me.
If the latter, I risk opening a can of questions that may not be necessary; with the former, I may not get a viable defense before I get written off, if it's even worth having it looked at.
A comprehensive list of my questions:
(a) Will the police scan pick up everything, or is there some time window/particular charges that employers typically look for?
(b) Can employers dig into the details of the charges, or just access to the list and dates?
(c) Which approach will give me more chance to earn the position?