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

short answer Sunday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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Salary verification during background checks. 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.

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I want to know if I should address, in cover letters, the reason I just resigned from my job as an attorney in the worst legal market in history. What do background checks entail? I have a question in regard to job postings that state that applicants will be required to submit to a background check. What exactly does the background check entail? Is salary history one of them? It depends on the specific check.

2012 52

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! It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. My coworker is too aggressive about keeping our lab clean.

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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. It’s once again short answer Sunday.

2011 59

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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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Employer is asking for salary requirements to be included on my resume. Is that a fancy way of saying they want your salary history on your resume, or is it just enough to say that you’re looking for a range between x and y? Do not, however, list your salary history, which is a totally different thing from what they’re asking for; they’re asking for what salary you’re seeking now. Salary requirements, part 2.

2014 64

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. in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

2011 72

short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

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We have a similar educational and work background, similar experience and he’s going to be doing a similar job but far, far less work than I do. The litmus test: Would they dispute the title in a reference check?) in a long interview process, can I ask about salary?

2011 67

am I not getting hired because I'm gay?

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I know this because when I got my current job, they had to run a background check that included contacting that employer and there was no hassle. in a long interview process, can I ask about salary? my new favorite interview question dont check references?

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