is the Man onto me, man?
May 27, 2006 5:50 PM Subscribe
How sinister is a pre-employment "investigative consumer report" that includes interviews with acquaintances? What do those interviews involve exactly?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total)
I want to apply for a job that is planning to do a consumer report on me. This report is "for employment purposes only," but will include information "bearing on [my] character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and/or mode of living," partially obtained through personal interviews with "people acquainted with [me]" It'll also involve more (in my mind) standard background checks on my criminal record, driving record, past employment, credit history, and so on.
The personal interview part has got me curious. How are these investigations are carried out? Do they subcontract them to some kind of private detective firm? How do they figure out who my acqaintances are, and how in-depth are the interviews? If they find something sketchy about me, would they conceivably report it to the police etc, or is it truly for employment purposes only?
My situation: I'm a pretty responsible and upstanding citizen for the most part and all conventional background checks should clear me. However, I do have a fairly recent history of enthusiastic psychedelic drug use that a lot of my acquaintances know about, and am close to some radical political types, so the idea of someone snooping around trying to dig up dirt on me makes me a bit paranoid. I have a feeling it's probably more along the lines of "does anonymous eat babies? No? OK then!" but want to be sure before I consent to anything.