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« on: March 28, 2012, 06:23:45 PM »

So... I accepted a job offer recently but now I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting to find out if I passed the "background check."  I have no reason to suspect I won't pass, as I presently hold DoD Secret and above clearances, plus my credit scores should be all solid, but you really never know if something unexpected might come up.  So in the mean time, I haven't told anyone at my current work place or given notice, and the guilt (?) is kind of gnawing at me.  I know I shouldn't feel guilty, but I just want to get it all out in the open so I can start moving on.

I realize I am being impatient, but I'm just curious what others' experiences have been like.  I've read it should take just a few days to a week, but in some cases can drag out much longer.  It's been about a week now and I don't remember it ever taking this long before.
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2012, 06:33:30 PM »

When I applied for a volunteer position in a hospital pharmacy it took just over a week for my background check, and they seemed to be pretty efficient with it.  For pharmacy school I had to apply for a fingerprint clearance card through the Department of Public Safety, and that's expected to take 3 to 5 weeks, although they say if you don't have a criminal record it should be closer to 3 weeks than 5.

I'd say not to worry too much about it unless your wait time extends past two weeks.  And even then, it really depends on your employer and the organization they use to complete the check.  If it's only been a week so far I would expect that you should hear something any day now.
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2012, 06:38:27 PM »

Depends on how much stuff you put into the application or not. I think mine took a week to a week and half. But that is probably because I've never had one done before. My wifes who has a much more complex history only took a week.
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« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2012, 07:24:31 PM »

Depends on the place. We get our normal ones back anywhere from a few days to about a week. Not sure about more 'high profile' type searches that may require consents and further investigation. I know some Federal agencies send investigators out to review prior employee files. We get those requests too.
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« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2012, 07:24:36 PM »

Ive seen it done in as little as 48hrs. I guess it all depends on how much detail they look for.
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2012, 08:11:20 PM »

Sent this thread to your current boss, so it's cool man.

Start wearing VERY casual clothes and filleting fish at your desk.
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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2012, 08:56:40 PM »

Quote from: Purge on March 28, 2012, 08:11:20 PM

Sent this thread to your current boss, so it's cool man.

Start wearing VERY casual clothes and filleting fish at your desk.

LOL thx Purge!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2012, 02:03:54 AM »

They just approached me this afternoon. I told them your alt was hepcat.
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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2012, 05:38:54 AM »

Quote from: Ironrod on March 29, 2012, 02:03:54 AM

They just approached me this afternoon. I told them your alt was hepcat.

Better than Ceekay.  Odds are you inadvertently helped him. 
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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2012, 07:39:27 AM »

Quote from: rittchard on March 28, 2012, 08:56:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 28, 2012, 08:11:20 PM

Sent this thread to your current boss, so it's cool man.

Start wearing VERY casual clothes and filleting fish at your desk.

LOL thx Purge!!!!
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« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2012, 12:34:18 PM »

I confess than in about 22 years of employment (mostly journalism jobs, and once with an association), I've never had a perspective employer do anything more than contact a few references.

Thus my secrets are safe. icon_twisted Seriously though, I'm pretty boring. A background check would be an enormous waste of time unless 2 speeding tickets, and 2 "failure to come to a complete stop at a Stop sign" violations in the last 20 some odd years are interesting.

I have a buddy who got arrested on a DWI near his rented home some years ago (overnight, the orange jump suit, the whole 9 yards), and I feel bad for him because that's probably going to come up on any background check for perspective employment, and he'll always have to check "yes" in the "Have you ever been arrested?" line on employment forms, and then a lot of painfully detailed explanation.
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« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2012, 02:55:15 PM »

Quote from: Blackjack on March 29, 2012, 12:34:18 PM

I have a buddy who got arrested on a DWI near his rented home some years ago (overnight, the orange jump suit, the whole 9 yards), and I feel bad for him because that's probably going to come up on any background check for perspective employment, and he'll always have to check "yes" in the "Have you ever been arrested?" line on employment forms, and then a lot of painfully detailed explanation.

"Yeah, uhm... well, I was hanging out with Blackjack when..."

"Sir, that's more than enough. We're sorry we brought it up, please forgive us.
As a new employee, we have counseling available 24/7, and the biggest fucking "self-medication" budget available."
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« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2012, 06:15:04 PM »

I think the only possible thing interesting about me in a background check is how much porn I watch and how many posts I make online  slywink

But again, the govt didn't seem to care so I'm not sure why a standard check would.
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« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2012, 08:42:28 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on March 29, 2012, 06:15:04 PM

I think the only possible thing interesting about me in a background check is how much porn I watch and how many posts I make online  slywink

But again, the govt didn't seem to care so I'm not sure why a standard check would.

Your kind of porn is boring.

Or so I've heard. paranoid
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« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2012, 08:46:01 PM »

Quote from: Purge on March 29, 2012, 08:42:28 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 29, 2012, 06:15:04 PM

I think the only possible thing interesting about me in a background check is how much porn I watch and how many posts I make online  slywink

But again, the govt didn't seem to care so I'm not sure why a standard check would.

Your kind of porn is boring.

Or so I've heard. paranoid

I've heard he follows Rule 34  icon_wink Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2012, 10:13:22 PM »

I failed (is that even right?) the one and only background check I have been through.  It was for some work at China Lake.  Not sure what they found but they did not like it.  Bah whatever, Amgen let me come into their new facility in Thousand Oaks and nothing blew up!  Of course they were desperately trying to open up some new labs and I was the only best tech available.
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« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2012, 12:19:54 AM »

How much Lye did you use?
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« Reply #17 on: March 30, 2012, 10:34:59 PM »

So I finally got confirmation that things were a go, but apparently they still hadn't finished checking my education, so I'm guessing that was what was taking the longest.  Lame!

And Purge, I can pretty much guarantee my kind of porn is anything BUT boring.  Most of it features Ceekay  icon_eek
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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2012, 08:21:52 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on March 30, 2012, 10:34:59 PM

So I finally got confirmation that things were a go, but apparently they still hadn't finished checking my education, so I'm guessing that was what was taking the longest.  Lame!

And Purge, I can pretty much guarantee my kind of porn is anything BUT boring.  Most of it features Ceekay  icon_eek

can I borrow the mind-bleach when whomever has it is done?  thx
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2012, 10:33:10 PM »

I wish they would just ask you questions to see what you've learned instead of relying on checking whether you went to school at such and such for something or rather.  ninja

I know too many people who have an 'education' and don't know squat compared to people who haven't been formally, but know things. (especially true in tech fields in my experience)
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« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2012, 11:01:20 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on March 31, 2012, 10:33:10 PM

I wish they would just ask you questions to see what you've learned instead of relying on checking whether you went to school at such and such for something or rather.  ninja

I know too many people who have an 'education' and don't know squat compared to people who haven't been formally, but know things. (especially true in tech fields in my experience)

I know what you mean but in this case I believe it's only about technicalities; what you are referring to was covered during (multiple) interviews.  I assume the final check is to make sure you didn't lie about your education since they base the salary on it (well and also to make sure you aren't a liar lol).

Then on the flip side was the interview I had last year.  They asked that you do a formal presentation on a topic of their choosing, after which they would ask questions.  So I spent a week prepping it, and added some real world "spice" to it - I pretty much felt I nailed the whole thing.  But then... they did individual interviews where they asked questions about topics I specifically told them I wasn't familiar with, as well as on things I studied over 20 years ago.  Every time I tried to steer the conversation toward practical matters that actually related to how they described the job, they would change back to topics from classes I have long forgotten.  Needless to say I bombed the rest of the interview, but you have to wonder what was on their minds.
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2012, 12:56:04 AM »

I had a background check done on me during my recent job search and for the first time I actually got a full copy of the information they gathered, which was a pretty interesting. 
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