Let's pretend this job never happened...
September 25, 2013 4:21 PM Subscribe
Do I have to disclose a job that I only worked at for one day on employment applications?
posted by cosmicbeast to work & money (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently got a job at a major office supply retail company. It was very sudden, and they were pretty much desperate to get new hires on because they were preparing to close the store down in a few months. Despite having no retail experience, I was pretty much thrown into a busy shift with barely any training and not so much as a tour of the store, and I was given attitude when I wasn't keeping up. It was truly unpleasant and I knew there was no way it was going to work out without me being incredibly miserable, so I decided to quit after finishing my first day. The manager wasn't necessarily pleased with the decision, but we didn't part on hostile terms.
I haven't been paid yet. I actually have had another job interview since then, and I listed this job on the application for the sake of honesty. The HR lady interviewing me said that her "HR advice" was to not list that job on there, since no one would be able to find out. I'm inclined to go with what she says, because I really don't want to list it on applications. But I thought I would see if anyone else had a different opinion. And just to be clear, I am NOT talking about listing it on my résumé, I already know not to do that.
Is there any good reason for me to list this job on a long-form application? Can any kind of employer background check discover this information, by looking at W-2 history or anything else? And finally, would employers actually be likely to care about this even if they did discover down the line that I omitted this information? Ideally looking for answers with credibility, possibly from people who work in HR or employment law. Thanks!