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how do employers verify your previous salary?

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A reader writes: How does a company go about verifying your self-reported salary history for a background check? I have a first round interview with a large, well-known firm, and they sent me forms to consent to their background check. On it, there is a large portion dedicated to salary history. On the form, where it asks for salary history, it also asks if they can contact the employer. references salary