Background Check Dates

Hey everyone, hope you are all doing well. I will be interning in IB this summer and had a question about background checks. I completed the background check about 4 weeks ago. For one of my internships, I listed the dates as September 2019 -- December 1, 2019. However, my ex-boss verified the internship dates on the background check as September 2019 -- November, 4 2019. Looking back at the emails, I actually did work up until the beginning of December. I emailed my ex-boss after the background check was completed and he said that he did not remember the exact dates. My submitted resume also had the dates as September 2019 -- December 2019. There is almost a full month between the end date I provided versus the end date my ex-boss provided.

Since it has been several weeks since the background check, should I still reach out to HR? Or is it a better idea to wait for them to contact me if they deem this discrepancy as important? I've seen some people advise reaching out to HR while others advise to wait for them to reach out. Just wanted to know what to do so I know what to do in the future. Thanks you and stay safe.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 1, 2020 - 7:34pm

bump, have similar issue but messed up my dates by a roughly 2 months. just an input mistake by not sure what implications this will have

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 1, 2020 - 7:38pm

Did HR ask for your resume? In my case, HR will match the background check information with the information on resumes.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 1, 2020 - 7:41pm

have not had the check as of yet but noticed the discrepancy recently

May 4, 2020 - 7:51am
[email protected], what's your opinion? Comment below:

Got it. My background check hasn't started yet. Worried about it since there is one typo on my resume submitted for internal networking purpose in March. Hope an updated resume would be required at the begining of BG check. :P

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 4, 2020 - 1:58pm

Yeah, you're probably fine. You could probably email HR an updated resume if you want them to use that for the background check. Or you could upload a new resume on the application portal.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 4, 2020 - 2:13pm

Yeah I was in a similar position and I just called HR and mentioned I didn't catch the mistake when I was interviewing and noticed it now. Said that I just wanted to make sure all information provided by me was accurate and asked if I could send over an updated copy.

If you don't email them - it really probably won't be an issue but if it makes you feel better to email them i think that's fine

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 4, 2020 - 2:21pm

You guys way overvalue how important these background checks are. There is a 99% chance no one will notice or care that there is a slight discrepancy, and, even if anyone does notice, they will send you an email, you can remedy it, and then no one will give it a 2nd thought. No reason to bother HR unless they seem to flag an issue

  • NA in IB-M&A
May 13, 2021 - 1:27pm

I was off by a year too on accident. They didn't say anything, but in the background check report it was noted there was a date discrepancy. My resume has the right dates so I wasn't worried.

  • Intern in Other
May 4, 2020 - 2:36pm

I completed background check through their 3rd party provider. I submitted the dates of September - May, because it was a part-time job that I got near the end of September and my boss said I started in October. My boss also corrected it to be the end as of April, because I barely came in the office during the month of May (final exams). That was a 2 month discrepancy but it was fine.

As long as you do not list places of employment that was not truthful. I think a gap of 2 months might be a maximum error because of how different people perceive their employment and as long as you were not fired. Don't worry about it too much!

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jun 11, 2020 - 2:51pm

Anyone know anything about how / if social media is checked and if they have to notify you that it is part of the background check?

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 13, 2021 - 2:41pm

I did my background check through HireRight and on my report it did contain my social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter etc). Didn't provide them with the above account infos

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jun 11, 2020 - 4:49pm

For internships the leeway is a lot greater, especially for unpaid ones. Most of the time there is little record and you can't verify via pay. Banks aren't going to have a problem unless they can't verify that you worked there at all. If dates don't perfectly match up they will not care, as long as it is within reason (You can't claim that a one week shadowing was a full summer internship).

The ask for employment dates to catch FT people who are trying to fill in the gaps on their resume.

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 2, 2021 - 10:30am

For future guys who are losing their shit about background checks, you don't have to worry unless you have:

1. Criminal background record you didn't mention

2. Put a totally fake GPA

3. Put a fake school

4. Put a fake internship

Unless it is one of four, the background checking company literally doesn't care. If there is discrepancy, they will try to work with you, not against you to solve the issue. One or two months off is literally nothing.

May 12, 2021 - 9:43pm
FellySmart, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've seen resumes where people are in sales roles for example and inflate titles (e.g. business development manager and they put like executive blah blah blah) because their boss tells them to when speaking with clients put a more official sounding title.

They were hired as some business dev manager HR-wise but the corporate knows and managers/owners etc. are fine with and even go out of their way to encourage this title inflation.

I said it's ok as long as you play naive and also say you just put whatever your manager told you. Not a big deal right? Ran into this a few weeks ago and just remembering now I was kinda unsure (and though no one will GAF).

  • Intern in IB - Cov
May 13, 2021 - 12:06am

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