Things to Remember when Filling Forms for your IT Job
How It Works
Most companies will complete a Background Check on you, and its successful completion is a requirement before you can start. When you complete an Employment Application and/or Background Check Approval form, it gives the company the OK to verify all information provided on the form. The types of things normally checked include:
- Criminal – this includes local, county and federal. Felonies, as well as misdemeanors will typically come up.
- Financial – this will show debt, bankruptcies, etc.
- Social Security – will indicate if you have a valid SS #.
- DMV – will show driving infractions.
- Education – will verify degree completion.
- Employment History – will verify title, dates of employment and salary.
Once you complete, sign and return the Background Check/Employment Application form(s) to TCI or to a client, you are indicating that all the information is accurate. There is no turning back at that point.
Key Rules & Regulations
- DO NOT PAD YOUR COMPENSATION – let us negotiate for you to get a fair compensation package. If current (or past) compensation can’t be verified, you can have an offer rescinded.
- DO NOT SAY YOU GRADUATED WITH A DEGREE IF YOU DID NOT – many companies do not require degrees, and yet if you say you got one, they will pull an offer if it does not check out (they don’t care about the degree, but they care that you may lie about other things).
- DO NOT PUT ANYTHING DOWN IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT IT – it’s better to ask questions, put “approximate” or leave an item blank, than to put information which will not check out. Talk to us or to the company’s HR representative about any questions.
- THE FORM(S) COUNT, NOT WHAT IS ON YOUR RESUME – even if your resume is not entirely accurate, it’s imperative that you put only accurate information on the form(s). It’s ok if they are inconsistent, as long as the accurate information is on the form(s).
- Above all, if you know something is going to come up on a background check, it’s imperative that you disclose it before the company finds out on the background report. In most, if not all cases, the clients will see past the issue if you are up front about it, and assure them that you have taken care of the situation satisfactorily. Everyone makes mistakes. The key is to take responsibility for them, own up and not be embarrassed by them. How you disclose them and what you have done to resolve them will be what matters to a company in most situations.
- For misdemeanors, most courts require you to fill out a form to have it taken off your record once you have met the milestone for its deletion. Take care of this ASAP to avoid having things show up unnecessarily.