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A Little Background on Background Checks

A Little Background on Background Checks

by Frank Roche on June 13, 2007

in Interviewing

Sure, you do background checks on employees. Or do you? I’ve known of a few people in HR and HR consulting who had some pretty questionable elements on their resumes, let alone regular employees. A famous flareout came when Radio Shack CEO David Edmondson admitted lying on his resume about earning a degree he didn’t have. (Lying about academic degrees seems like a pretty common, albeit easy to verify, “error” on resumes.)

That’s why I thought an article on The Consumerist called Do a Background Check On Yourself made so much sense. Potential employees can check to make sure that their records are correct, and boneheads who chose to lie about their backgrounds can do it at their own peril. The article says:

Companies can order all sorts of reports on you and make judgments about you, from banks, to landlords to employers. Here’s how you can see the data they’re seeing and make sure the record is right.

There are lots of valuable resources listed in one easy-to-access place.

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