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

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Interviewers who tell you how well everyone there gets along. I’ve been in the following situation a few times and don’t really know what to make of it: Someone interviewing me will discuss how close their office/department/team is, or how well everyone gets along, or how much fun they have together, etc. Part of the interviewing process is the employer giving you information about their culture, so that you can see if it’s a culture you’d like or not.

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short answer Sunday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Salary verification during background checks. One thing struck me as really strange when I was interviewing. A hiring manager asked me for my salary history and said that in the past she was not able to hire candidates because they overstated their salary history. This was discovered by their company during the background check. I thought background checks meant checking on employers and references.

2013 67

short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Here we go… Verifying salary history. Have you ever heard of a company trying to confirm current salary after offering somebody a job? I applied for something online in an electronic application, did not have exact current salary info at the time (honestly don’t keep exact track after all these years, and always round up a little to keep from getting low-balled) so roundup from the ballpark where I knew I was. Second interviews.

2011 59

coworker is too aggressive about enforcing rules, colleague selling free stuff from work, and more

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Employer wants my salary history — but I’ve already accepted their job offer. After I accepted and signed the offer letter, they sent me a link to enter my information to complete the background check, but in the employment verification section, they asked for my salary at every job in the past 10 years … and it is a required field in the form! My peer did an exit interview with one of my employees behind my back.

2018 59

wee answer Wednesday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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My communication MA and teaching background are gathering dust on the resume. My salary is public record. I have worked for the state for 8+ years so my salary history and everything associated with my rate of pay is public (including the date of my last promotion, my starting salary and how my salary compares with my coworkers). It seems I am immediately at a disadvantage when approaching a potential employer with salary-related issues.

2012 54

I was promised time off for my wedding that’s now being revoked, salary requirements in a cover letter, and more

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I interviewed for a position in October, and during the interview I told them that I was getting married in April, six months away. I applied for a job at the start of December, passed a recruitment test last week, and now have an interview for what I think is a full-time job. The interview is at the beginning of March. If I pass the interview in March, would it be OK to ask the employer if I could start in May and explain I’m a final-year college student?

2014 64

terse answer Thursday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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I conducted an interview screen recently that resulted in a no-hire decision for the candidate. In addition, the candidate and I share similar (very unusual and on-the-surface not very “marketable”) educational and work experiences–I really feel for how hard it is to find a position coming from that background! That if they’re looking for advice on what to do with our sort of weird background, I’d be happy to chat?

2013 59

employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list

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About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager employer wants permission to call people outside my reference list March 17, 2011 A reader writes: I recently was asked to sign a Consent to Reference Check form. is that interview question legal? what does this interview question mean?

2011 72

am I not getting hired because I'm gay?

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I’ve turned in over 80 applications to businesses all over the city and have had maybe 6 interviews with no luck. For the most part the interviews go really well and some go so far as to say they will contact me in the following days for a second interview but never do.

2011 74