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Has anybody ever gotten an offer revoked after your background check? I just accepted an offer for a new job. The industry for my brand is buttoned up, so I had to do a VERY thorough background check. I’ve never done anything blatantly bad, but I did a lot of job hopping before and now I’m overthinking everything I filled in. I’m afraid I put in wrong dates, or used a job title that didn’t match, or that somehow they are going to find criticism or salaries from an old boss. Am I being paranoid?

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Yes. You are being paranoid. Beckground checks are for things like criminal records.


Never had anything revoked, but did twice have to show additional proof / explain why something looked different than what I’d reported. The last time I had to share my tax return from a few years back, which felt ridiculously invasive. It was an outside firm though, and I believe all they shared with my employer was whether or not my background matched what I had reported.


I had this same exact thought, as I just had my first background check after 10 years in the industry. They are just looking to see that you aren’t blatantly lying about anything and yes, mostly looking for criminal activity. They do call your past workplaces though. I know this because they couldn’t reach any contact at a smaller agency I freelanced at. Most of my jobs were freelance though and my titles were all over the place. Not sure if full time jobs on your resume matter more but you’ll be fine as long as it’s not glaringly inaccurate


Same - the only hiccup I’ve ever had in a background check was when I worked at a small agency and the one person who knew me was on PTO. welcome to small agency life 🤣

For some reason I think it's natural to feel that when going through a background check in spite of not being a criminal. Here's a lil convo my friend and I had when I was going through my background check: Me: How long do background checks take? Him: A week or two? You're not a felon or an illegal immigrant. Maybe shorter. Me: You don't know me. I'm a straight gangster

I was super paranoid when I got my current job. I have had so many jobs over the past 7 years and I was worried I didn't fill in everything correctly. I couldn't provide information cause some were internships. But it worked out and they didn't care as much as I thought they would. You'll be fine☺️

I did my first background check after moving to the US and despite me having 15+ years experience (that they referenced and checked out fine), I had to contact my college in the UK and request a duplicate grad certificate (original in storage in UK) before they’d hire me. And it was only a freelance gig.

I am going through this now. Been living in the US for 10 years. I’ve been freelancing at a company for 4 months, already passed their background check. Now they’ve introduced a new background check with another outside company for their freelancers. I have my original degree and they still want verification that it’s real from my university in another country. As if I printed the embossed coat of arms and gold foil letters at the FedEx office myself. Please. And you don’t even need a university degree to be a creative. It’s absurd.


Gross over-simplification but you can probably explain your way out of most things short of a DUI

Of all things criminal, I feel like a DUI would be on the easier end of explanation, no? "I screwed up." "It happens."

I got called out on start/end dates for two jobs…one was when I started my own consulting company! What?

I think you’re fine. Mostly done for criminal, prohibited parties and negative things of the like. If they need more info or clarity on facts they should contact you. You should also be able to see a copy of completed report.

Someone's just trying to fill a role. A few start dates being inexact 3 jobs ago isn't going to derail that.

My brother did. He accepted an offer to work for an auto Brand. Their background check showed that his current salary was less than he told them it was. I don’t know why he told them his current salary, or how they were able to legally find out his current salary. The difference in salaries was only about 10%. They came back and rescinded the offer. Very shocking honestly. Because of this, I’ll never give notice at a current role until I have confirmation I’ve passed the background check at a new role.

How IS that legal?


Ya, they’re looking for criminal charges but also litigation history. Nobody wants to hire someone who has sued his former employer

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