Careers: Credit Checks Common Screening Tool for Candidates

By ord, Diane | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 2, 2009 | Go to article overview

Careers: Credit Checks Common Screening Tool for Candidates


ord, Diane, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Job hunters often ask me (and complain) about the background investigations, including credit checks, that more employers are using these days to evaluate job candidates.

Unfortunately, they have some of their fellow applicants to blame.

"So many employers are seeing resume fraud and misrepresentations," said Jay Meschke, head of an executive search company in Overland Park, Kan. "There's a dose of skepticism about every candidate."

Claiming nonexistent degrees and inflated positions is a clear no- no that will eliminate someone from consideration. Honest job hunters understand that. What many don't understand is why their credit ratings have any bearing on their employability.

"It's not an acid test, but it's a data point," Meschke acknowledged. "In some positions, it's pretty important. It's not a stretch for an employer to wonder if they can't control their own credit, how will they control our company's?"

For jobs that don't involve money handling or fiduciary responsibilities, a credit check -- fair or not -- can be used as an indicator of applicants' responsibility levels. …

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