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Background checks? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 02:04
Do most schools do background checks once admitted?

I'm curious because my previous employer (Icelandic bank) has gone belly up so there's nobody to call and verify the info I've provided is accurate.

To top it off, my employer prior to that was a hush-hush hedge fund with – zero online presence, I have no phone number for them, and frankly, can’t even figure out if they still exist.

In a case like that – how do they go about verifying the info on my app/ resume? (I don’t have pay slips or contracts or anything like that dating back to my first 2 of 4 jobs since undergrad…)
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Re: Background checks? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 03:50
Yes most do background checks... as far as the company going belly-up.. there should be something online (I would imagine)... even my family which owns a small company (11 employees) doesn't have a website but you can still find a posting about info based on yahoo etc for it.

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Re: Background checks? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 05:54
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Yes most do background checks... as far as the company going belly-up.. there should be something online (I would imagine)... even my family which owns a small company (11 employees) doesn't have a website but you can still find a posting about info based on yahoo etc for it.


Oh sure, there's some online evidence of the Icelandic bank having existed - but no one to call and verify my data as clearly the HR department is long gone.

As for the hedge fund - intentionally no online presence. Nada, zip. The place was a black box (hence my leaving after less than a year... long story)
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Re: Background checks? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 10:15
What type of background checks do schools have for extracurriculars?
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Re: Background checks? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 11:23
scielle wrote:
losttraveler wrote:
Yes most do background checks... as far as the company going belly-up.. there should be something online (I would imagine)... even my family which owns a small company (11 employees) doesn't have a website but you can still find a posting about info based on yahoo etc for it.


Oh sure, there's some online evidence of the Icelandic bank having existed - but no one to call and verify my data as clearly the HR department is long gone.

As for the hedge fund - intentionally no online presence. Nada, zip. The place was a black box (hence my leaving after less than a year... long story)


Surely you have some sort of record...paystubs?

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Re: Background checks? [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2011, 20:34
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Do most schools do background checks once admitted?

I'm curious because my previous employer (Icelandic bank) has gone belly up so there's nobody to call and verify the info I've provided is accurate.

To top it off, my employer prior to that was a hush-hush hedge fund with – zero online presence, I have no phone number for them, and frankly, can’t even figure out if they still exist.

In a case like that – how do they go about verifying the info on my app/ resume? (I don’t have pay slips or contracts or anything like that dating back to my first 2 of 4 jobs since undergrad…)


Assuming this is an international hedge fund, you can always look for their tax filings. If this is an American firm, look for their SEC filings. That'll at least tell you if they're still in business.

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Re: Background checks? [#permalink] New post 17 Oct 2011, 18:24
Tell the truth on your application. Nothing more, nothing less.

All schools will have background checks, but all schools are familiar with handling cases where people's employers have gone under (especially after 2007/8). Schools are generally reasonable in the face of complications, by the time that they are doing the background checks, you'll have been offered a place - the school wants you there and are just doing their due dilligence.

I also presume that at least some of your recommenders are professional and will be able to vouch for you.
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