I have been interviewing with a Fortune 50 company for almost 2 months now. I've gone through the entire recruiting process and received an offer this week. I signed and returned the offer, signed the employee agreement, and have a tentative start date. However, the offer is contingent on my background check, which is going on right now.
I *shouldn't* have anything to worry about. However, I'm very excited about this position and I think I'm simply overly paranoid that something is going to go wrong. Also, I do know someone that failed a background check with this employer because they couldn't confirm 7 years of his employment history (previous employers have gone out of business), and he mistyped his graduation date as 2004 instead of 1994 on his application (human error). Based on those 2 things they denied him the position. But I assume not being able to confirm employment history was a larger problem than the graduation typo. Nevertheless, his experience has me paranoid.
Here's my situation:
- I have no criminal record
- Verifying 7 years of employment history shouldn't be a problem. I only have 2 previous employers going back 14 years. They were both private companies when I hired on, and both were acquired by public companies. However, both companies still exist and I see no reason why verifying my employment would be a problem
- I don't have a degree, but a degreee was never discussed as a requirement for this position, and I don't have a degree listed on my resume. I have taken distance learning classes, and I've included my time enrolled in those courses on my background check application
- My drivers license was suspended for about a week a few years ago, due to a mixup over payment on a driving with expired plates ticket. That incident is the only thing on my driving record that I can think of. Haven't had a speeding ticket in many years
- I don't have the greatest credit, due to being impacted particularly hard when the dot com bubble burst. My credit from 2004 on is great, but a 7 year credit history will uncover some less than favorable stuff from 2001 - 2003. No bankruptcy though
Based on the above, does anyone think there are any flags that I should worry about? What are the main things that companies are looking for during a background check? Obviously a criminal record, particularly for violent and/or sex crimes is probably a deal breaker, but I don't have anything to worry about there. I can see how a low credit score may be a problem for a candidate applying for a position that involves handling cash, perhaps out of fear that they would be tempted to steal. But I won't be handling cash.
I also know that the hiring manager is very motivated to hire me. The recruiter I've been working with has on numerous occasion told me that the hiring manager "really likes me", and I know people at this company that have put in recommendations for me, and I have received feedback from them indicating that the hiring manager has made very positive comments about me. Finally, when I accepted the offer earlier this week, the recruiter told me that the hiring manager was on vacation this week, but that he would be "anxiously checking email looking for my acceptance". So I guess my point is that if even if some red flags turned up on my background check, the hiring manager seems motivated to find a way to work through them.