RE: credit check for interviews

Subject: RE: credit check for interviews
From: "CB Casper" <knowone -at- surfy -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003 07:45:11 -0800


The anonymous Mike O offered:
> They can't check your credit unless you give them
> your SSN (in the US). If you have the nerve, leave
> the SSN blank. If they ask why, ask them why they
> want it. . . .
> I'm pretty defensive about my SSN.

More good reason to do what Mike does, stay anonymous,
use an online email account, and be very defensive about
giving out personal information unless absolutely needed.
I ask why the information is needed all the time, what
they will do with it, and I toss in a little lecture
about the problems associated with having your ID
ripped and fraudulently used. BTDT

Peter added his 2c (cash, not credit):
> With the recent business climate and the high business
> failure and bankruptcy / restructuring / downsizing
> rates, I think is would be much more appropriate for
> all job candidates ask for a credit check on the
> prospective employer.

Other than checking the financial news reporting websites,
is there a similar, supposedly objective, credit report
available to us mere mortal job seekers? One cannot trust
anything on the company website to be anything other than
hype and obfuscation. How does one get info on private
companies?

CB - sufficiently burned once to check the temperature
of the fire before getting too close
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