Why is it important to be honest with your employer? Find out!

If you’re thinking about falsifying information on a job application or during an employment interview, think again.  Employers conduct thorough background checks that allow them to learn about your criminal, financial and previous working histories.  By being honest with your employer and with hiring managers you can avoid uncomfortable questions and unwanted situations later.

It is not uncommon for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and other organizations that hire college and university students and other workers to conduct criminal background checks on the people they are thinking about hiring.  Employers conduct background investigations to:

  • Screen out workers who have a history of committing workplace violence
  • Identify workers who exercise poor financial responsibility, thereby putting themselves at risk of stealing from their employers
  • Meet state, federal and local requirements (e.g. employees who work in certain jobs like daycare workers and bankers might be required by law to undergo background investigations)

Hiring Managers Review College and University Student Job Applicants

Hiring managers also review your resume and contact previous employers you worked for.  They might check with your previous employers via email or over the telephone, during a brief conversation.  Types of questions that hiring managers might ask your previous employers are:

  • How reliable you were at work
  • For examples of your leadership skills
  • How well you communicate with colleagues and supervisors
  • If they would hire you again
  • How long you worked at the firm
  • Titles and positions that you worked at the company
  • Whether or not you supervised other workers

Additional Items Employers Check during College Students’ Background Investigations

Other factors that your employer checks during your background investigation as a college or university student are how well you have managed your finances.  Employers get this information by checking with credit reporting agencies like TransUnion, Experian and Eqiufax.  Data that shows up on credit reports include:

  • Paying bills or expenses late (e. g. paying utility bills or rent 30 or more days late)
  • Bankruptcies
  • Repossessions (e.g. getting an auto repossessed if you didn’t make payments)
  • Defaulted student loans

Employers also have statements on their employment contracts that you generally sign when you accept jobs in college or university or after you graduate with your degree stating that the information you provided on your job application was true and accurate.  If it’s later suspected that you intentionally falsified information on your job application, you can be called in by your supervisor or employer and asked to explain the discrepancy.  If it’s found that you did, in fact, falsify information on your job application, you might be asked to vacate your job.

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