How long does a Background check take?

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My BB made me submit the application online. I assume its sourced through a 3rd party. So how long until this whole thing is done? I start work in about 1 month and 2 weeks.
But I think they mail relocation bonuses about a month before work starts.

How Long Do Background Checks Take?

Depending on the complexity of your check, for example, if you lived and worked abroad, it can take anywhere from two to six weeks to complete your background check. Keep in mind they are done by private firms and not Human Resources so they most likely won't know the answer any sooner than you.

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User @Feinstein explains:

Usually, these background checks aren't done by HR. They are contracted out to a firm like Kroll or First Advantage. If they haven't contacted you yet, let sleeping dogs lie. Everyone's background has complexities -- you'll only get flagged if it's egregiously off (like you claimed you were CEO of a firm instead of an SA), and in any case, the background check agency will ask you for an explanation before they return the results to HR.

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Comments (28)

Apr 24, 2012

Mine took 2 weeks.

Apr 24, 2012

Mine took 6 weeks with 1 job (granted, I do have a lot of international experience which could be a little hard to track down), and with a different job, it took 4 days.

  • BeenPrepping
  •  Apr 24, 2012

How do you know when its done?

Apr 24, 2012

When you apply, there is an option to be notified by email when it's done. Another way is to call them and check on the status of your check.
Or, just wait for your staffer/HR to bring the news.

Apr 24, 2012

4 weeks

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  • BeenPrepping
  •  Apr 29, 2012

Will HR contact me?

Apr 29, 2012

Usually, these background checks aren't done by HR. They are contracted out to a firm like Kroll or First Advantage. If they haven't contacted you yet, let sleeping dogs lie. Everyone's background has complexities -- you'll only get flagged if it's egregiously off (like you claimed you were CEO of a firm instead of an SA), and in any case, the background check agency will ask you for an explanation before they return the results to HR.

Apr 29, 2012

If you don't hear anything you are fine

I'm gonna get that bish some binary

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Apr 29, 2012

Are you a closet murderer or something?

Relax. I worked for a federal agency - 2 weeks is a breeze.

Apr 29, 2012

I really wish I could relax... !
I spoke with compliance today and they told me they have to run an international background check because I was a resident abroad. Estimate Time: other 2 weeks!!!!

2+2= 1 Month!!!!

6 weeks have past from when I have interviewed!
Looks like they are going to hit the 2month mark soon!

RB

Apr 29, 2012

Which office are you? New York or SLC?

Apr 29, 2012

Will be working in SLC!

RB

Apr 29, 2012

As long as my penis.

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Apr 29, 2012

youre fired

Apr 29, 2012

Relax, it can take a while, and they'll almost certainly let you know right away if there's a problem or if they need anything else.

Apr 29, 2012

Sometimes they run them a few weeks into the internship. But if you didn't lie to them, you have nothing to worry about. So relax.

Apr 29, 2012

Don't know if you have any skeletons in your closet or not, but I would wait a day or two. Don't want them to think you're worried they found something

Apr 29, 2012

They will only contact you if there is something wrong... No news is good news. Been with two different companies now, never heard back from the background check process.

Apr 29, 2012

It used to be more or less open ended. You'd only hear back if something came up in the check. I'm not sure if they have changed to now give you a thumbs up. I suspect they don't because they always reserve the right to revisit your application if new information emerges in the future.

It sounds like you've got nothing to worry about so assume you are in the clear.

Apr 29, 2012

It's been over 2 weeks now, should I be worried? :(

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