Background check for employees who were laid off

Compass cSMd18
Sep 16 17 Comments

Posting for a friend as he was laid off and doesnt have a job yet.

He has got an offer from Microsoft and has to fill a background check form from hire right... Has anyone ever encountered a situation like this where in background check they ask if you have ever been terminated by last employer. Since he was laid off for performance issue it could be a problem. Can he say no?

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    • Compass cSMd18
      OP
      Its for my friend, I am already at the displayed company 😂
      Sep 16
    • Google d0ntb33vil
      I have heard similar advice. But the problem in this case is, for the friend, the last employer is not the current employer since he already left. Thus it would be weird to instruct HireRight to not contact the last employer.
      Sep 16
    • Google d0ntb33vil
      I was actually also wondering if the friend started the recruiting process before or after he was fired. If before, he can simply tell MSFT "yea I resigned from my job after I started the recruiting process to focus on recruiting". If after, I suppose MSFT already knows the friend is unemployed.
      Sep 16
  • Google d0ntb33vil
    Also I was pretty surprised that when I joined Google they only did a criminal check and education verification. They didn't request past employment verification.
    Sep 16 2
    • Google d0ntb33vil
      I joined several weeks ago. They didn't check my references either. But i have internal referrals and lots of people that I know at Google so maybe that's why they bypassed the employment verification?
      Sep 16
    • Google d0ntb33vil
      Oh I am PR/citizen. Maybe that's why.
      Sep 16
  • Google d0ntb33vil
    1) if it was due to performance issue he was not laid off he was fired. Big difference here. 2) employers typically disclose dates of employment and title, but not reasons for separation. The larger the company, the less they will disclose due to litigation concerns. Employers are also free to disclose "rehire eligibility" but most of them probably err on the side of not disclosing.
    All in all I think your friend is fine. Nothing much to worry about.
    Sep 16 0
  • Twitter TDom70
    Pretty sure employers can't say if you were fired or quit.
    Sep 16 1
    • They can, but generally choose not to, to avoid liability
      Sep 16
  • Wells Fargo LrkE78
    Agreed with Google, they’re spot on.
    Sep 16 0
  • Kaiser Permanente / Strategy ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶
    He needs to be honest since he might not pass reference check if he lies.
    Sep 16 2
    • Google d0ntb33vil
      He's at the background check stage. It's way past reference check now.
      Sep 16
    • Google d0ntb33vil
      Companies usually do ref checks before issuing an offer. Background checks are usually conducted after an offer is accepted.
      Sep 16
  • It could go either way, say no and take a chance that the HR folks aren’t friends and don’t get referrals or updates .. or just Be honest up front. If he gets hired and they find out he lied, trust just went out the window. Explain the situation in the interview.
    Sep 30 0
  • Compass cSMd18
    OP
    I guess fired because of performance
    Sep 16 0
  • Kaiser Permanente / Strategy ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶
    Laid off due to performance or fired due to performance?
    Sep 16 0
  • Yes he can say no
    Sep 16 0