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Old 02-08-2012, 09:29 AM
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Default Background check taking too long, good reason to keep interviewing?

I accepted an offer from a company about 10 days ago, and they still haven't come back to me to confirm my start date. What am I supposed to do with the other companies I'm talking to?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:33 AM
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Do you have anything in your past to worry about? If not, then don't worry about the other offers since this one should go through.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:36 AM
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Wouldn't be too concerned, but I would call them. 10 days is a long time - we do credit and public records and it's almost always done next day. Just tell them you think you're all set but haven't declined other offers pending the finality of background and wanted to check if they have an expected timing (most likely scenario IMO is that the check was completed a while ago and they just didn't get around to calling you about it because somebody was on vaca). They definitely want you to decline those other offers, so telling them that's the holdup will likely light a fire, if they're paying attention at all.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:44 AM
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Yeah, my last background check took a long time too. Turned out that one of the county courthouses was just dragging its feet searching for records.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:51 AM
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Have you given notice to your current employer? Just hold off on that until you receive the written offer.
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:51 AM
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I think it'd be fair and wise to check in with them before you decline other offers. It's possible that the background check came back OK but that something else unrelated to you personally may now be holding up the hire.
At one place I worked they hired two people and then a wishy-washy senior management changed their minds about the budget and instructed HR to call the employees the day beforehand and inform them not to bother coming in.

Is it nice? No. IMHO, is it moral? No. Should a company that cares about its long-term reputation be so careless? No. Does it happen? Yes.
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This happens very frequently. Don't worry about it yet.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:39 AM
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can be any number of things, including delays in HR either requesting the check or in "opening the mail" with the results. as long as you have nothing to hide, I wouldn't worry. You can inquire politely as to the status, just don't be a nag or seem paranoid/overly anxious.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:39 AM
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Keep talking to the other companies. If it comes to an actual offer from one of them, then contact your accepted firm and ask them to confirm your employment or let you know if there are any outstanding issues, as you have received another offer. If the other companies do not get to the point of making an offer to you before get confirmation from the first, no problem exists.
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What Maine-iac said.
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