Can failing to get a return offer from an internship affect your background check for another job?

Just curious because I may be in this situation soon enough. I didn't do anything illegal or terribly bad during the internship. I also definitely tried and showed up every day; I was just not great at some things. I think I just wasn't as good with technical skills and some soft skills as other interns.

I also interned in EC, and the job would be in strategy, if that helps.

Additionally, I have no criminal background or any other red flags, and my other internships were more successful.

It did not come up during the interview for the offer I got.

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  • Associate 3 in Consulting
Oct 19, 2021 - 4:27pm

Lack of return offer won't show up on background check, but it may (not always) come up during interviews. You need either a good story about why you didn't get a return or a good way to divert the question. There are lots of existing threads on WSO regarding how to answer this

Oct 19, 2021 - 5:57pm

Yes, you're eligible for rehire. That's an HR checkbox that doesn't have to do with performance. For instance, some companies will put you on a rehire blacklist if you quit without giving 2 weeks notice, or if you're fired for cause.

Oct 19, 2021 - 7:58pm

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