Re: credit check for interviews

Subject: Re: credit check for interviews
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 09:55:59 -0700


On 3 Feb 2003 at 8:24, Sean Hower wrote:

> Last Friday, NPR ran a story about how companies run credit checks on
> potential employees. I was surprised, I don't think this has happened
> to me....has this happened to anyone else? Under what conditions did
> this occur? What were the results?

In the 80s I worked for Georgia Tech Research Institute; we worked
on defense contracts for MICOM. Once a year we were given a "pep
talk" by GTRI's director of security on how to lessen our chances of
becoming a target for espionage. Among those risk factors were
substance abuse and financial difficulties. When I got my security
clearance, they did a background check, but I don't think they did a
credit check.

At another place I worked, one of our employees was always having
some institution or another contacting us to garnish his wages. I
think that was a real PITA for the payroll/accounting folks.

So... "fair" or not, I think companies have their perceived reasons for
running credit checks...

Dana W.


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