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B-School Verification process

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New post 27 Mar 2009, 07:52
Sleepy wrote:

I don't have an admit yet, I'm holding out hope for CBS and I'm on the waitlist at Georgetown, but I'm worried that even if I get admitted I'll be ding'd because my job title isn't what I said it was.


I'm not an authority on this issue but I really think you'll get a chance to explain/prove your statements. For example: if you work at a big company where HR or whomever Kroll contacts doesn't know your situation, I'd think your boss or some other verified individual could confirm your statements.

Anyway, first things first, good luck with CBS.
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New post 26 May 2009, 18:48
I have a question... I previously started a small business but it didn't too well. any know how b-schools go about verifying this?
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New post 29 Sep 2009, 16:31
eeter1 wrote:
My take on it is this guy probably will not get caught. Take a look at CBS, a highly ranked school that just checks CURRENT work experience. Now imagine how many people could have lied about previous experiences/employment gaps there. As far as I know Wharton and NYU have been doing thorough background checks with Wharton switching it up every year but most other schools just limit to current employment some lower schools don't even check. So on that note its unfortunate people like this will be in a TOP MBA program when someone more deserving who told the truth will not. Sadly thats how the system works.


I'm not supporting this dude, but honestly the system has a lot of flaws..A White Male consultant with a GMAT of 750 or an Indian IT guy with a GMAT of 750(both with great community activities and such) may lose out their place to an African-American female with GMAT of 660 or someone from Poland with an exotic sounding job profile and a GMAT of 650. (No offense to anyone here but isn't that how the system works????)
If the system was perfect, the class would be full of Whites, Indians and Asians...but that's not the case. I have friends from every school tell me that a lot of the people who "bring diversity" do not fit into the Top 10 B-schools.

In the end it all evens out. So let's stop bothering about such things.
just my opinion anyway.
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New post 16 Mar 2011, 16:26
Hi there,

I realize this is an old post, but I'm hoping some of you veterans can help me figure out something. I'm a 2011 applicant, and I've already heard from a couple of top schools. Hoping to hear from my favorite - Wharton next week.

Poking around and reading about verifications, I realized I might have a problem. I've reported my current salary to be say $50K and I described myself as a "full time" employee. However, for the past year I've been working on a 80% flexible arrangement (have a kid), and I've been only getting $40K (80% of 50K) per year...

At the time I was filling out my apps, I had also been interviewing for a couple of job opportunities, and had been told by two recruiters to report my 100% salary, as that describes my compensation level. The 80% flex is temporary - I can switch back at a week's notice, but I can also do it for as long as I like. I think I'm a full time employee, because even at 80% I work about 45+ hours per week (at 100% 60+) and I get benefits, trainings, etc. etc. I manage a full load of clients. I mean - I've never been designated as anything but full time.

My worry is that when schools verify my salary, they will get back $40K and see a discrepancy with what I reported!

I did not do that on purpose at all... there's nothing to be gained by higher salary. One of my essays is about flexible work schedules and my own experience with them - I was not trying to hide my flexible arrangement. I just wasn't thinking, I guess... maybe got lazy not explaining at length in the optional letter.

So what do I do now? I see a few options:

1. Email Wharton (decisions are not out yet) to clarify
2. Switch to 100% schedule (but I'm planning to leave my job in a month, so I don't want them to go through the trouble)
3. Don't do anything. If I get asked explain

What do you think????
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New post 16 Mar 2011, 20:07
Does anyone know the background check process for UCLA? Is it also kroll?

Thanks!
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New post 16 Mar 2011, 20:52
mbaa2011 wrote:
Hi there,

I realize this is an old post, but I'm hoping some of you veterans can help me figure out something. I'm a 2011 applicant, and I've already heard from a couple of top schools. Hoping to hear from my favorite - Wharton next week.

Poking around and reading about verifications, I realized I might have a problem. I've reported my current salary to be say $50K and I described myself as a "full time" employee. However, for the past year I've been working on a 80% flexible arrangement (have a kid), and I've been only getting $40K (80% of 50K) per year...

At the time I was filling out my apps, I had also been interviewing for a couple of job opportunities, and had been told by two recruiters to report my 100% salary, as that describes my compensation level. The 80% flex is temporary - I can switch back at a week's notice, but I can also do it for as long as I like. I think I'm a full time employee, because even at 80% I work about 45+ hours per week (at 100% 60+) and I get benefits, trainings, etc. etc. I manage a full load of clients. I mean - I've never been designated as anything but full time.

My worry is that when schools verify my salary, they will get back $40K and see a discrepancy with what I reported!

I did not do that on purpose at all... there's nothing to be gained by higher salary. One of my essays is about flexible work schedules and my own experience with them - I was not trying to hide my flexible arrangement. I just wasn't thinking, I guess... maybe got lazy not explaining at length in the optional letter.

So what do I do now? I see a few options:

1. Email Wharton (decisions are not out yet) to clarify
2. Switch to 100% schedule (but I'm planning to leave my job in a month, so I don't want them to go through the trouble)
3. Don't do anything. If I get asked explain

What do you think????


I'd go with 3. Based on everything I've read about these background checks, if anything is awry, they will contact you for the reason. And your situation doesn't even seem that off, so they may not even contact you for the discrepancy. I definitely don't think you need to email Wharton (especially since you haven't heard back) or switch schedules.
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