1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Should I Run A Background Check

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Professor-Falken, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. Professor-Falken

    Professor-Falken Kilobyte Poster

    393
    2
    37
    Should I run a background check on my myself to see what will turn up when employers do a background check on me. Some people have told me it would be a good idea because some employers require a clean background check of 7 –10 years prior to the current date. It would be great to know that employers will turn up a clean background check if and when they run a background check.

    Professor Falken
     
    Certifications: Comptia A+
    WIP: Comptia Network +
  2. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    1,345
    12
    89
    employers like to check on myspace, bebo, faceparty etc so if you're easily found and have dodgy material on there chances are you wont get the job.

    grim
     
    Certifications: Bsc, 70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294, 70-298, 70-299, 70-620, 70-649, 70-680
    WIP: 70-646, 70-640
  3. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    4,196
    171
    211
    ummm. Thats being a bit paranoid really isnt it? I have no idea who you've been applying for jobs with, but I have never heard of an employer doing that.

    To be honest, I wouldnt bother. Even if it came back as negative, what exactly are you going to do about it? All you can do is apply for the jobs and see what happens. If they do a background check and dont offer you the job, then they dont offer you the job and you move on to the next application.
     
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  4. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    19,136
    462
    374
    You're overanalyzing this, much like you did with the A+ exam. Just put your resume out there and see which companies bite! :biggrin
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  5. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

    4,570
    68
    196
    I would assume for backround checks you would have to be applying for some security job in the government or big companies. Average employer wont bother with the backround checks.
     
    Certifications: A+ | CCA | CCAA | Network+ | MCDST | MCSA | MCP (270, 271, 272, 290, 291) | MCTS (70-662, 70-663) | MCITP:EMA | VCA-DCV/Cloud/WM | VTSP | VCP5-DT | VCP5-DCV
    WIP: VCAP5-DCA/DCD | EMCCA
  6. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    1,345
    12
    89
    you'd be suprised, my last job said they did.

    grim
     
    Certifications: Bsc, 70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294, 70-298, 70-299, 70-620, 70-649, 70-680
    WIP: 70-646, 70-640
  7. greenbrucelee
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    14,283
    254
    329
    I wouldnt think they look into your personal details that much, unless it was for a job that requires a totally clean record like working for MI5 not sure about the CIA requirements but there probably the same as MI5 or near that.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  8. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    1,345
    12
    89
    if a clean record is that important to the employer they'll ask you to be basic or security cleared. i applied to be security cleared 11 months ago and still not heard anything....takes bloomy ages.

    grim
     
    Certifications: Bsc, 70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294, 70-298, 70-299, 70-620, 70-649, 70-680
    WIP: 70-646, 70-640
  9. tripwire45
    Honorary Member

    tripwire45 Zettabyte Poster

    13,493
    179
    287
    An employer will always want to check your references. Depending on the level of security involved, some will require a criminal background check and I've even applied for some jobs that required that I submit my fingerprints as part of the check.

    I don't see the point of running a check on yourself, though. If you've ever been arrested, convicted, fired, or anything else that might make you a bad risk, you'd know about it already.
     
    Certifications: A+ and Network+
  10. greenbrucelee
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    14,283
    254
    329
    I applied for a job with a certain national security agency after leaving uni, but I was turned down after a 2nd interview and I put that down to the housing officer of the uni halls I was in, as I do know she was interviewed by this agency.

    She didnt like me because I used to drink with her husband in the uni bar and smoke weed with him and also get it for him.

    I believe she told them I smoked weed and I definetley know she didnt like the fact I used to get weed for him, although she had it herself.

    But those days are long gone
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  11. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    4,196
    171
    211
    I applied for basic security clearance through my old work. Once I had filled in the forms, and chased up my references, I had my clearance within 2 weeks. If you still havent heard anything, chase it up and find out where its being held at.
     
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  12. Lord Deckard

    Lord Deckard Byte Poster

    234
    3
    29
    I work for a bank (in a call centre) and they apparently did a security check and wanted my previous 10 years of employment history. This is the same bank that uses one of the overseas call centres that was discovered to basically be dragging people in off the street to answer the phones and then they're wondering why these people are giving account details to organised crime members.
    Why did they check me again? ;)
     
    Certifications: A+, MCDST
    WIP: N+ and CCNA
  13. Mitzs
    Honorary Member

    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

    3,282
    73
    152
    There are doing it here in the states. Some are even doing credit checks and you could lose a job opertuinty over it if your credit is not up to par. They had a news show about employers and myspace several said they do look and see if they can find people on there. They said it can affect collage students more serious then someone with exp, since an employer has a history record to look at too. Most collage students though. One HR person said, if you were going to do my space make it private or at the very least don't post anything that could come back and bite you down the road. And she stressed don't post party pics on there. Doesn't look good.
     
    Certifications: Microcomputers and network specialist.
    WIP: Adobe DW, PS
  14. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    5,763
    35
    174
    This is the one thing that I don't like, companies could potentially miss out on great employees just because they have a social life and have posted their party pictures on the internet.

    Do these companies want to employ boring people that have no social life?

    As long as work and pleasure are kept seperate I don't see a problem.
     
    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  15. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    1,345
    12
    89
    last thing i heard was about 3-4 moths ago and was told i should have basic clearance in a few weeks. This was through my last company, i've emailed them but they havent replied. i think the problem might be i lived at a new address every year for the last 5 years because of uni

    grim
     
    Certifications: Bsc, 70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294, 70-298, 70-299, 70-620, 70-649, 70-680
    WIP: 70-646, 70-640
  16. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

    4,196
    171
    211
    Was it your last work that was applying for it for you? If so, thats possibly why you havent got it. The most basic level of Security Clearance is employer dependant - ie The clearance I got from my last work isnt applicable in my current job. I can say I've been security cleared in the past, but if anything in the new company requires me to be cleared, the new company will have to apply for clearance.
     
    Certifications: ITIL Foundation; MCTS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration
    WIP: None at present
  17. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    5,726
    175
    221
    Security Clearance, especially the basic kind does not require a clean record
    as long as you are frank and honest about any background it will not always be held against you (this depends greatly what the crime was)

    the key thing the basic security clearance is trying to prove is that you are credible and trustworthy, honesty highlights that, trying to cover up the truth is a BIG no no
     
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  18. grim

    grim Gigabyte Poster

    1,345
    12
    89
    i left the job 2 months ago, after 9 months of applying i still hadnt anything. it would have been good to know if i got it because even if it runs out it'll make it easier to renew in the future.

    grim
     
    Certifications: Bsc, 70-270, 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294, 70-298, 70-299, 70-620, 70-649, 70-680
    WIP: 70-646, 70-640
  19. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

    2,397
    99
    154
    I suppose the only reason to worry about a background check is if there is something that could come up in check ...

    Myself and WagnerK had to have Enhanced CRB checks at both the school and college we work at. Fortunately we both came up completely clear.

    That hacking training certainly paid off. :)
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP, MCDST, MCSA 2K3, MCTS, MOS, MTA, MCT, MCITP:EDST7, MCSA W7, Citrix CCA, ITIL Foundation
    WIP: Nada
  20. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    5,239
    211
    236
    Why, don't you remember any of it?

    :D
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD

Share This Page

Loading...