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Background Check?

 
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Hi

Why background checking is done? If consulting firm asks for ssn, dob, driving license no for background checking before interview then is it safe to give this info?

Waiting for your response as soon as possible.

Thanks in advance,
Sheetal
 
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Depends on what kind of consulting firm it is.
A lot of the bigger ones like Accenture, Deloitte etc definitely do a background check for each and every employee. This involves contacting past employers in USA, calling up your university for verify your degree and all the references that you have mentioned.

If its a small time "desi" consultant asking for all this information, then exercise caution and try to find out why exactly he needs all this information.

As long as the company is reputable, you should have no worries.

Hope that helps.
 
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Okay,

But what a person has to loose if he give the info ?

Cheers,
Rahul
 
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I dont know, I just wouldnt feel safe giving away my SSN, driving licence number etc to someone I dont feel right about.
What if he sells all this data to someone else? Agreed that larger corporations take care of all these, but who can guarantee anything about a sweat shop?
SOrry, I guess I'm just being over-cautious...its not that big a deal really.
Cheers,
AMit
 
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I was average scoring % in my academics i.e i got 51% in both 10th and 12th and 45% in b.com(through correspondence ) but I am intelligent enough to score high like i got best programmer award in my mca course in which i score not much but 64% and recently i cleared scjp with 90% and have strong logic skills..
now days prepairing for scwcd

I have no gap in academics and else...

I am v. afraid about joining co. like fidelity, accenture etc..
what they will do in background checking ? what it is ? and what they actually wanted to know ?
and what they will enquiry and where ? what they will ask ?
in my previous organisaion ? and what they ask in college ?

so far i m working in govt organisation on contractual job..

as my accademic is not soo strong ? how it will effect my job and any mesures to really to be catchy to get selected in above organization..?

does iflex also do background checking
 
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Manytimes people write fake experience in their resumes.Nonexistent employers, experience is common.Companies hire some agencies to do background checking.These agencies read your resumes,call your previous employers and confirm whether you really worked there for mentioned period.If resume is filled with such cases,employee's service is terminated.IBM India does very strict checking even when you submit your reimbursement bills.

[ July 29, 2005: Message edited by: Arjunkumar Shastry ]
 
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Rahul,

In US the identity of a person is his SSN, Date of birth and Driving livscence no.
Anybody can use this information to steal your identity. They can take loan from banks etc. Which is also known as "Identity Theft".

I personally, am not comfortable giving all this information to any recruiter without any solid offer from them.
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Originally posted by Rahul Juneja:
Okay,

But what a person has to loose if he give the info ?

Cheers,
Rahul


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I would like to know, if the job needs security clearance then what kind of background check is done? In that case, is it necessary to give all the information to the person before any offer from the company?

Thanks,
Trupti
 
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The security clearance application is filled out after you are hired. It is very thorough and your answers are carefully verified by professional investigators.

Anything like a falsehood on your resume or employment application that would cast doubt on your identity or expose you to blackmail could be a problem.

The very highest security clearances go further, with searching interrogations using polygraphs to be sure that nothing in your background can be used against you.

As discussed in another thread, you must be a citizen of the US or possibly another NATO country to get a security clearance. Exceptions are made for unique individuals, but this is unlikely in IT.
 
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Hi,

Thank You all of you for your quicj reply.

Still I have 1 doubt. Is it safe to give last 4 digits of ssn to vendor?
What information they can obtain from that?

Thank You,
Sheetal
 
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Normally when people ask for that, they are looking for a 4 digit id that a person will remember.

If I remember correctly:
The first three is a location number (normally place of birth/issued), the second two is more specific to location and the last four is the next available sequence that the card is issued.

Eric
 
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Here is a good link on Social Security Numbers. You can see that the last four digits of the SSN are randomly assigned and tell nothing about you.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_Security_number

The only practical use of the last four digits of your SSN that I can see is to distinguish you from other people with the same name when looking at various records.
 
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