Employment history check?

  1. Hi everyone! I have a quick question...how do employers check past employment history? Do they just call the employers that you list on your application, or can they get a history from your SSN? My husband just applied for a great job, but then we realized that the dates of his employment history may be a little off and he skipped a job. (I know that seems bad, but he is just starting to get his employment act together ) Anyway, it says on their web site that if anything on the app is found to be false, you would be fired right away (if hired, of course!). This job would be great, and I don't know if he has a chance anyway, but I would hate for him to get it and then lose it.
    I have been lurking around this board long enough to know that their are people from many different backgrounds and that have had many life experiences, so I thought someone might know! Thanks.

    LPN2be
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  3. by   Gomer
    A couple different ways are used to check work history. First, and usually the easiest is to contact the former employer(s). Usually this is done either in writing or by phone to the human resources department and/or any supervisor listed on the employment application. Most HR depts will only give out dates of employment, job title, and if written approval given by the applicant salary information. Some will also give out eligible for rehire information. Second, many employers use an outside service which they pay for to do background checks such as references, work history, SS# and driver's license verifications, licensing verification, education, etc. Since this service costs the employer up to $100 per applicant it is usually done only when a job offer will be made.

    Suggest you husband notify the company he applied to and correct the information, before they find the errors as yes, he could be fired for falsification on his application.
  4. by   NRSKarenRN
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    An employer should make it a policy to do at least basic background checks on potential hires. Verification of education; training; past employment records, including why the hire left her last two jobs; bankruptcy status; criminal background; civil litigation history, either as a plaintiff or defendant; and credit status are basic areas that any employer should research.
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  5. by   purplemania
    To me the credit checks are sorta like debtors prison (we will keep you until you pay, as if being without a job will improve your credit in any way). But I understand employers are looking for character clues, since they are not allowed to ask former employers things they REALLY want to know and you cannot always depend on the applicant being honest. There is a whole culture regarding how to test applicant's personality and integrity, etc. But that was not your question. Personally, I would be tempted to retype my resume, send it in as a "correction", with a note stating how much I would appreciate an interview and how I feel I could contribute to the organization. Tell your hubby we wish him good luck
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    Re-read your post:

    "Off a little in dates" means within one-two months to me as an employer; anything other and I'm suspicious. Leaving off one job of short durration < 1 year would not make me concerned. Large gaps and frequent job hopping without explaniation makes me leery to hire someone. Signing no to question "any crininal bacground" when background check comes back possitive, immediate grounds for dismissal if hired.

    An updated resume with date correction would be appropriate and a note of thanks for an interview very much appreciated (RARELY DONE!)--it makes me take a second look at person and has been reason to hire them over other candidate.
  7. by   elaydo
    Having worked in HR for 10 years I can tell you that first of all most company's (for fear of being sued) will only confirm information that you already have (usually dates of employment, title, and salary). If a company is looking for a more detailed reference they would contact a manager or supervisor given to them by the applicant. Occassionally firms will use an outside agency to verify previous employment however it's used more often with very senior level positions (for which they don't mind making a larger investment). As a couple of other people stated just call up the HR Rep and explain that a couple of dates might be lightly off, generally they'll understand. Good Luck!



    Quote from LPN2be2005
    Hi everyone! I have a quick question...how do employers check past employment history? Do they just call the employers that you list on your application, or can they get a history from your SSN? My husband just applied for a great job, but then we realized that the dates of his employment history may be a little off and he skipped a job. (I know that seems bad, but he is just starting to get his employment act together ) Anyway, it says on their web site that if anything on the app is found to be false, you would be fired right away (if hired, of course!). This job would be great, and I don't know if he has a chance anyway, but I would hate for him to get it and then lose it.
    I have been lurking around this board long enough to know that their are people from many different backgrounds and that have had many life experiences, so I thought someone might know! Thanks.

    LPN2be
  8. by   A476
    HEY GIRLFRIEND- THEY CAN ONLY GO SO FAR LEGALLY, YA KNOW. I'M QUITE SURE IT WAS A COMMON MISTAKE. THINGS HAPPEN AND THAT SHOULD NOT BE HELD AGAINST HIM GOOD LUCK

    Quote from LPN2be2005
    Hi everyone! I have a quick question...how do employers check past employment history? Do they just call the employers that you list on your application, or can they get a history from your SSN? My husband just applied for a great job, but then we realized that the dates of his employment history may be a little off and he skipped a job. (I know that seems bad, but he is just starting to get his employment act together ) Anyway, it says on their web site that if anything on the app is found to be false, you would be fired right away (if hired, of course!). This job would be great, and I don't know if he has a chance anyway, but I would hate for him to get it and then lose it.
    I have been lurking around this board long enough to know that their are people from many different backgrounds and that have had many life experiences, so I thought someone might know! Thanks.

    LPN2be

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