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31 Jan 2011, 12:51
globalcitizen wrote:

Sure, I don't see any harm in informing them. If its a first job out of college though, I strongly doubt they'll check that far back. Word on the street is that CBS only checks our current employer (let us know if thats actually true). But better to cover all your bases just in case (especially if you have your w-2 and can site exact dates)

Awesome, thank you!!!
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31 Jan 2011, 18:35
I think they normally check your last two jobs. That being said though, if they do check it might be a problem so a heads up might be in order.
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31 Jan 2011, 19:11
i actually checked my w2s and could not find the dates on there.....I think I may actually have to call HR from my old company to find out exactly when I started, it was in 2007 so I really can't recall.

is that what all of you guys did instead of estimating when you applied??
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22 Feb 2011, 11:40
What does Kroll actually say when they call up an employer/recommender?

Do they state which school they are performing the check on behalf of?
Do they state why they are performing the check(i.e. for full time admission into school xxx)?
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22 Feb 2011, 13:47
I am in the process of getting my background checked by Kroll and asked them this very question.

They do NOT give ANY of that information. They say that they are a third party verifier...something along those lines. They do NOT mention your school nor do they mention WHY they are calling.

If your HR says anything, you can always say that you are applying for housing or getting government paperwork verified or something...its pretty standard practice in a lot of other aspects of life.
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22 Feb 2011, 13:51
globalcitizen wrote:
I am in the process of getting my background checked by Kroll and asked them this very question.

They do NOT give ANY of that information. They say that they are a third party verifier...something along those lines. They do NOT mention your school nor do they mention WHY they are calling.

If your HR says anything, you can always say that you are applying for housing or getting government paperwork verified or something...its pretty standard practice in a lot of other aspects of life.

agree. I did the same thing, HR didn't ask me anything. My Kroll is now complete as I did not want to wait til last second.
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22 Feb 2011, 14:10
josiebella wrote:
globalcitizen wrote:
I am in the process of getting my background checked by Kroll and asked them this very question.

They do NOT give ANY of that information. They say that they are a third party verifier...something along those lines. They do NOT mention your school nor do they mention WHY they are calling.

If your HR says anything, you can always say that you are applying for housing or getting government paperwork verified or something...its pretty standard practice in a lot of other aspects of life.

agree. I did the same thing, HR didn't ask me anything. My Kroll is now complete as I did not want to wait til last second.

Who did they contact. How far did they go back on your resume?
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22 Feb 2011, 14:17
It depends on the school.

For Columbia, they only check your current employer (and its obviously they do because that is the only employment you need to double check/submit to Kroll).
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22 Feb 2011, 14:20
globalcitizen wrote:
It depends on the school.

For Columbia, they only check your current employer (and its obviously they do because that is the only employment you need to double check/submit to Kroll).

O ok. How much was the fee for your Kroll check? Only asking because I want to compare to the fee I have to pay
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22 Feb 2011, 17:07
Do they check extracurricular activities? I have an activity I was previously very active with and now not as much so for the monthly hours I averaged my total time since at the time I thought that would be fair.
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23 Feb 2011, 14:12
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Do they check extracurricular activities? I have an activity I was previously very active with and now not as much so for the monthly hours I averaged my total time since at the time I thought that would be fair.

depends on your school. For Columbia, they did not. I highly doubt most schools do.
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23 Feb 2011, 14:52
Hello I have a few questions,

If I am an international students and the people in my HR department do not speak english very well what happens? Does Kroll have employees that speak several languages? And also is this for all students or only randomely selected students?
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23 Feb 2011, 16:20
Josie, how long did the Kroll verification take in your case from start to finish? And did they call/email your recommenders?
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24 Feb 2011, 07:49
Hi all,

Long time listener, first time poster!

I am nervous about the Kroll background check because I realized that in my applications, I did not specify that I was a contractor at the first company I worked for (June-Oct 2005), where I was converted to full-time 4 months later.

I listed the 4 months of contracting as part of my full-time job tenure (June 2005-March 2007) since I had the same title, and I entered the salary and bonus I received as a full timer, rather than listing the contractor portion separately and including the hourly wage I was earning.

Is something like this a deal breaker? Will they think I totally lied? I didn't mean to, all the dates just blended together in my mind.... please help!
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24 Feb 2011, 07:54
jczgal wrote:
Hi all,

Long time listener, first time poster!

I am nervous about the Kroll background check because I realized that in my applications, I did not specify that I was a contractor at the first company I worked for (June-Oct 2005), where I was converted to full-time 4 months later.

I listed the 4 months of contracting as part of my full-time job tenure (June 2005-March 2007) since I had the same title, and I entered the salary and bonus I received as a full timer, rather than listing the contractor portion separately and including the hourly wage I was earning.

Is something like this a deal breaker? Will they think I totally lied? I didn't mean to, all the dates just blended together in my mind.... please help!

Even if that small detail turned up during the Kroll check, I would hope that a school could examine the situation and see if you made a mistake or if you had a real intent to deceive them.

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24 Feb 2011, 08:09
Even though I have not yet been accepted to an MBA program I have interviewed with several MBAs, and am worried about the background check, I was 100% truthfull in my application, the problem is I am from Mexico and because of the current violence/drug war ocurring in my city it is company policy to not release ANY information pertaining to employees, the HR department cannot even confirm that I work at my company if someone calls (several extorsions have already happened). I would have to talk to the entire HR department and let them know my application situation, the problem is only 2 people in the company (my reccomenders) know I am applying for an MBA, and because of the complicated financial situation my company is in I am afraid that If I let the entire HR department know my situation I could be laid off immediately to prevent others that want to stay in the company from being laid off. The people who do my background check could talk to my reccomenders (immediate superior and other supervisor), but I am not sure what would happen with the HR department. What should I do??? Am I making to big a deal before I even have a background check????
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24 Feb 2011, 08:23
chuyrulez wrote:
Even though I have not yet been accepted to an MBA program I have interviewed with several MBAs, and am worried about the background check, I was 100% truthfull in my application, the problem is I am from Mexico and because of the current violence/drug war ocurring in my city it is company policy to not release ANY information pertaining to employees, the HR department cannot even confirm that I work at my company if someone calls (several extorsions have already happened). I would have to talk to the entire HR department and let them know my application situation, the problem is only 2 people in the company (my reccomenders) know I am applying for an MBA, and because of the complicated financial situation my company is in I am afraid that If I let the entire HR department know my situation I could be laid off immediately to prevent others that want to stay in the company from being laid off. The people who do my background check could talk to my reccomenders (immediate superior and other supervisor), but I am not sure what would happen with the HR department. What should I do??? Am I making to big a deal before I even have a background check????

I believe that Kroll is aware of such problems and even if they find something wrong they will ask you for your explanations. So don't worry.
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24 Feb 2011, 13:30
poppyseedmuffin wrote:
Josie, how long did the Kroll verification take in your case from start to finish? And did they call/email your recommenders?

it took me about a week, I am really not sure how it worked since I clearly have no inside access to Kroll, but I doubt they called my recommenders. I think the only thing they verify is employment. Also, this is specific to Columbia. good luck with yours!
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25 Feb 2011, 05:41
josiebella wrote:
agree. I did the same thing, HR didn't ask me anything. My Kroll is now complete as I did not want to wait til last second.

How long does it takes to complete the whole process until they say "finished, everything OK" ?
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25 Feb 2011, 05:47
MBAUncle wrote:
josiebella wrote:
agree. I did the same thing, HR didn't ask me anything. My Kroll is now complete as I did not want to wait til last second.

How long does it takes to complete the whole process until they say "finished, everything OK" ?

My fault, I quoted your post from the last page and have not seen your response to poppyseedmuffin
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