references

how do background checks work?

A reader writes: I have a question about background screenings. You’ve advised readers before that it’s okay to omit certain university degrees from their resume (especially if they’ve earned more than one) if it was going to hurt their job search. How does a background screening work? Do hiring managers check each university/degree listed one […]

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don’t check references? here’s a horror story for you

This was originally published on October 20, 2010. This post is for anyone who has ever said or secretly thought that reference-checking is a waste of time. Not long ago, I had a job candidate on the verge of being hired. He had wowed everyone in the interview and clearly had the skills to the do […]

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why should your references be managers rather than peers?

In last week’s open thread, a commenter asked, “Why is a manager or supervisor always a better reference than a coworker? I ask because often I’ve had a better idea of the quality of work of my coworkers than I think the manager does.” In some cases, it can be true that your coworkers know […]

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can I push back on an extensive pre-employment check?

A reader writes: I’m in the final stages of interviewing for a position that I really want. I credit this in large part to your blog! They are flying me down sometime next week for a day-long marathon. Prior to that, I’ve been asked to complete a pre-employment inquiry release, which basically is a “consumer […]

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do I have to give my ex-girlfriend a job reference?

A reader writes: I have been asked for a reference, in my capacity as a manager, by an ex-girlfriend. The relationship ended very badly for me (depression and on-going anti-depressant medication), so I’m quite gobsmacked/angry about this. I was her line manager’s manager at the time of her employment, but unfortunately she was made redundant […]

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how do employers verify your previous salary?

A reader writes: How does a company go about verifying your self-reported salary history for a background check? I have a first round interview with a large, well-known firm, and they sent me forms to consent to their background check. On it, there is a large portion dedicated to salary history. I have already resigned […]

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