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Applied for a new apartment- they claim I'm a criminal

They say their background check turned up something awful. I have never been arrested. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 12 answers

 

Help Me Find this Online Service (if it still exists)

Quite a few years ago, I recall ordering a sort-of "background check" online, only it didn't just have the usual criminal background, legal stuff, etc.--it also had details about the way the person looked, their interactions with their family, personality tendencies and such. It was a little spooky, actually, all the personal details it included. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Mar 8, 2014 - 8 answers

Let's pretend this job never happened...

Do I have to disclose a job that I only worked at for one day on employment applications? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Sep 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Problem with providing proof of a past employment for a new job

In order to accept a job offer I have to provide documentation as proof of a past employment. Problem: I don't think there is any. What should I tell the company who have offered me the new job? Can documentation for an old job be acquired 6 months post-leaving? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

How to deal with false allegations in employment background check?

Just got extended a dream job offer, but I'm afraid a background check will turn up a skeleton in my closet (that I didn't put there) that I don't know how to deal with. How do I prepare to refute it clearly, professionally, and without weaving an unnecessarily epic tale of drama? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 15 answers

How does one explain charges on a criminal record for new employer?

I'm applying for a new job for the government as an engineer. I have several charges from my past, but no convictions. The charges were felonies, and became misdemeanors after a plea. I completed probation with no violations as part of a deferred sentence, so all charges have been dismissed. What level of detail should my explanation have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 30, 2013 - 13 answers

What background screening services show someone's salary history?

I found a background check service at one point that showed a summary of each paycheck my employer issued to me, including bonuses and other payments, and I believe my Social Security number was required in order to retrieve the report. I can't locate the service again. Are there any out there that still offer such a service?
posted by scottso17 on May 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Best site for conducting employee background checks?

I'm involved in a fairly new business which is small but growing pretty fast. We figure it'd be a good idea to start doing background checks (primarily concerned with criminal/sex-crime record) on new hires, but I'm not sure what's the best way to go about it. When I research online there're dozens of options which I've listed below. Intellius / Talentwise and US Search seem to be the best known and reputable ones, but also the most expensive. If I go with one of the more no-name sites, such as criminal-records.org, am I taking a risk that their database is incomplete/outdated, or even that using them doesn't comply with employment law (DPPA, FCRA)? [more inside]
posted by jcfudgely on Mar 22, 2013 - 13 answers

How do you do a background check for firearms purchases?

If an individual sells a gun to another individual, how would the seller do a background check? Is the NICS database available to private individuals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2013 - 4 answers

No shenannygans

We want to run a background check on a potential nanny. The online services I've found are all setting off my sketch alarms. Are any of them any good?
posted by rouftop on Oct 30, 2012 - 7 answers

Background Checks

What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 - 2 answers

What's the deal with this mystery FBI "packet?"

Weirdness with background check - FBI involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Who knows what I did last summer?

How can I do a thorough background check on myself? What can be found out about me, by fair means or foul, for free and for a price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Did I graduate high school, officially?

Did I graduate HS? How does education verification (like a background check) for a high school diploma work? (Specifically, with small private schools.) [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username on Mar 14, 2012 - 20 answers

I fudged the end date of my last job by six weeks. What now?

On my resume, I fudged the end date for my last job by six weeks, to cover up a bad situation where I was not at fault. A new company has given me an offer, checked my references, and sent me all the new hire paperwork. I'm supposed to start in two weeks. Only problem? I had to consent to a background check. Now I'm concerned that my lie will be uncovered. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Sep 30, 2011 - 20 answers

How do I go about researching my old arrest in TN?

How do I go about researching an expunged shoplifting charge (my own) in Tennessee? (And what does expunged mean in this case anyway?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Can my job search please be over already?

I will graduate from college in a week. Two weeks ago, I got an email from an institution that I had done a job interview with saying, "We would like to move forward in the process" and asking to do a background check on me. I filled out the paperwork and faxed it back immediately. They still haven't gotten back to me. (I know my background is clean, as I've passed two other background checks recently.) How good should I feel about my prospects here? Was I wrong in assuming that the background check was a prelude to an employment offer?
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

What do employers look for during a credit check before hiring?

What would a prospective employer be looking for if they run a credit check, and should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on May 2, 2011 - 16 answers

One strike, let alone two, and you're out?

Will a recently missed payment (or two) kill my chances of getting a job I'm interviewing for soon? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Mar 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions

I'm filling in a background-check form for a US government job--Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--and I'm confused. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Slightly chequered past a snag in grad school admission?

I'm an adult in my mid-40s applying to graduate school to train for a brand new career in counseling. I feel confident of being admitted somewhere, except for one potential snag: a long ago misdemeanor conviction that I now have to disclose on grad school applications. Will this hurt my chances for admission? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2010 - 7 answers

How much do I need to explain about my crime?

I need to know if I've explained my "crime" sufficiently for a volunteer position that requires a "police background check." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Do background checks corroborate other background checks?

[Military Filter]: Do military background checks check information given for prior background checks? Specifically drug related. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Where was I born, officially?

Where was I born, officially? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2010 - 26 answers

Federal job application vs. estranged family

How does a U.S. government (NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) job application background check work if you are estranged from your biological family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks

Slum/Landlord filter: Please recommend me sites for running background & credit checks [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jun 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Best Background Check Website?

Best background check site for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on May 18, 2010 - 5 answers

How do arrests without charges appear during background checks?

I was arrested and held for 12 hours without charges. How will this appear when background checks are run on me while applying for jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Can I see what they see?

What background search companies do big employers use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2010 - 9 answers

Can I/should I do background checks on my building super?

How do I protect myself from a situation like the one I read about (inside), where a sex-offender was hired as a super and was allegedly being inappropriate? Can I/should I ask for background checks from anyone who has keys/access to my apartment, since it seems like the landlord is not required to do so (in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on Feb 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Will My Dept Sink Me With A Prospective Employer?

Will a prospective employer not hire me when they find out I'm repaying money to the IRS? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 9 answers

Language in a background check release form – what’s reasonable, and what is… less so?

Language in a background check release form – what’s reasonable, and what is… less so? [more inside]
posted by bmarkey on Aug 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Resume screwup--now what?

So I recently managed to score a job interview and offer with a company that offers very nice benefits and pay better than I've seen before. The problem is this: I realized yesterday or so that my resume stated that I graduated with honors when in fact I did not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Need help tracking down my parents info.

I want to join the US Navy as an officer...but have run into a few barriers. I need help! [more inside]
posted by cusr0002 on Apr 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Are college degrees public or private record?

Are college diplomas public record? Are transcripts the only method of proof of college work completed? Don't some web sites have a listing of names of the graduates of that year? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory on Jan 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Legit landlord or identity thief?

What personal info does my future landlord need from me to make sure I'm legit? How do I make sure he's legit? [more inside]
posted by Asymptote on Jan 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Do background searches include police reports filed?

Can "criminal background searches" bring up any sort of police report? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Ex-con, future nurse?

What are the parameters for a criminal background check for nurses? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on May 11, 2008 - 6 answers

My mind says fraud, but that can't be right.

Legally, what would you call refusal to adhere to city/government by-laws to fingerprint or background check volunteer workers? I imagine it's a fairly serious crime. Location in Canada preferably, but US examples welcome. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 21, 2008 - 14 answers

Where can I find speaking opps for my client?

I have a client and I'm trying to find speaking opportunities for them. They would like to speak to people that hire for private equity firms, hedge funds, and C-level execs in general. [more inside]
posted by josher71 on Feb 28, 2008 - 2 answers

I feel weird about this employment background check form they want me to sign...

Employment Background Check question: Is it a good idea to provide this release? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger on Feb 6, 2008 - 19 answers

How to hire a reputable, effective PI in DC Metro area (VA)?

How to hire a reputable, effective PI in DC Metro area (VA)? [more inside]
posted by beezy on Nov 30, 2007 - 4 answers

My dire background!

I'm applying for jobs that require a local law enforcement background check, and I suspect that it's turning up information that's [really] detrimental to being hired! What kind of information could they be finding? How could I find out what's on my background check? Finally, is there any way to delicately address these issues in job applications/cover letters without digging myself into a hole? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 - 18 answers

Corporate vs. Personal Background Check

If I do my work through my corporate entity, should I expect to submit to a personal background check? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on Sep 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Background check shows false info?

New employer has done a background check - returns addresses I've never lived at? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic on Jul 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Law from both sides of the bench

Law student background check question (disturbing the peace, etc.) [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Jun 11, 2007 - 13 answers

Getting into Japan with a criminal record

So I have a small issue with my criminal record and obtaining a Japanese student visa. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Should I be worried about this background investigation?

I'm looking for advice from people who have undergone or conducted a police background investigation, relating to references, credit history, and legal intoxicants. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 13, 2006 - 15 answers

Will Gorbachev's legacy hurt my friend?

A friend with an old degree from a university in Ukraine is undergoing a background check related to a great job offer. Due to the breakdown of the Soviet Union and the fact that her alma mater has undergone multiple name changes over the years, she wonders how/if anyone could actually confirm her degree. [more inside]
posted by loosemouth on Jun 9, 2006 - 7 answers

Homeschooling info and related background check needed.

Home schooling info and related background check needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2006 - 8 answers

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