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    I am currently in my backgrounds. I had a couple of misdemeanors when I was eighteen. Those were all covered in my pre-employment interview and they told me that they are not a problem since they were so long ago.18years ago.

    My question is what are they looking for in my background? I have excellent employment history, great credit, and I own my house, and no moving violations in the past 10 years.

    Any help?

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    Background Question

    Originally posted by chadswick View Post
    I am currently in my backgrounds. I had a couple of misdemeanors when I was eighteen. Those were all covered in my pre-employment interview and they told me that they are not a problem since they were so long ago.18years ago.

    My question is what are they looking for in my background? I have excellent employment history, great credit, and I own my house, and no moving violations in the past 10 years.

    Any help?
    I would strongly encourage you to list any arrests/convictions on your Background Packet, SPH, or similiar document. That suggestion applies no matter how long ago the arrests took place. My thought is, that should you fail to list, as in document the arrests,that failure could be construed as a willful omission. That will usually DQ you. That would be especially unfortunate, especially in light of the very substantial "positives" you've posted.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by chadswick View Post
      I am currently in my backgrounds. I had a couple of misdemeanors when I was eighteen. Those were all covered in my pre-employment interview and they told me that they are not a problem since they were so long ago.18years ago.

      My question is what are they looking for in my background? I have excellent employment history, great credit, and I own my house, and no moving violations in the past 10 years.

      Any help?
      Theyre checking every aspect of your life. I dont know how it is where youre from, but they might be doing several or some of these things.

      *Checking in with your high school
      *your college
      *your previous jobs
      *your old neighbors from your old houses
      *interviewing freinds
      *and talking to people you wouldnt even think they would know
      *seeing if you were stopped, even with warnings
      *they'll be investigating those crimes from 18 years ago, making sure you didnt withhold information
      *internet searches


      A background can take upto 3 weeks upto 6 months, depending on the size of the agency and the workload of the BI. I work for a really small department, so mine took 3 weeks. But LAPD would take months.

      Goodluck to you.

      Hopefully people will add to this list for you.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by chadswick View Post
        My question is what are they looking for in my background?
        In short, they are merely looking for anything that meets the criteria for disqualification. What that criteria is will vary from agency to agency. For example, State government in California uses the following criteria:

        SPB 172. General Qualifications.
        All candidates for, appointees to, and employees in the state civil service shall possess the general qualifications of integrity, honesty, sobriety, dependability, industry, thoroughness, accuracy, good judgment, initiative, resourcefulness, courtesy, ability to work cooperatively with others, willingness and ability to assume the responsibilities and to conform to the conditions of work characteristic of the employment, and a state of health, consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. Where the position requires the driving of an automobile, the employee must have a valid state driver's license, a good driving record and is expected to drive the car safely. The foregoing general qualifications shall be deemed to be a part of the personal characteristics of the minimum qualifications of each class specification and need not be specifically set forth therein. The board may prescribe alternative or additional qualifications for individual classes and such shall be made a part of the class specifications.

        They also use:

        GC 18935. The board may refuse to examine or, after examination, may
        refuse to declare as eligible or may withhold or withdraw from
        certification, prior to appointment, anyone who comes under any of
        the following categories:
        (a) Lacks any of the requirements established by the board for the
        examination or position for which he or she applies.
        (b) At the time of examination has permanent status in a position
        of equal or higher class than the examination or position for which
        he or she applies.
        (c) Is physically or mentally so disabled as to be rendered unfit
        to perform the duties of the position to which he or she seeks
        appointment.
        (d) Is addicted to the use of intoxicating beverages to excess.
        (e) Is addicted to the use of controlled substances.
        (f) Has been convicted of a felony, or convicted of a misdemeanor
        involving moral turpitude.
        (g) Has been guilty of infamous or notoriously disgraceful
        conduct.
        (h) Has been dismissed from any position for any cause which would
        be a cause for dismissal from the state service.
        (i) Has resigned from any position not in good standing or in
        order to avoid dismissal.
        (j) Has intentionally attempted to practice any deception or fraud
        in his or her application, in his or her examination, or in securing
        his or her eligibility.
        (k) Has waived appointment three times after certification from
        the same employment list.
        (l) Has failed to reply within a reasonable time, as specified by
        the board, to communications concerning his or her availability for
        employment.
        (m) Has made himself or herself unavailable for employment by
        requesting that his or her name be withheld from certification.
        (n) Is, in accordance with board rule, found to be unsuited or not
        qualified for employment.
        (o) Has engaged in unlawful reprisal or retaliation in violation
        of Article 3 (commencing with Section 8547) of Chapter 6.5 of
        Division 1, as determined by the board or the court.


        To give you an idea of what the background investigator looks for, check out:

        http://www.post.ca.gov/selection/bac...dimensions.pdf
        Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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        • #5
          Thanks

          Thanks for the info.

          I did list the issues that I had when I was 18 on my background packet.

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          • #6
            theyre lookin for full blown honesty! anything and everything you can remember in DETAIL
            Umbrella ella ella eh eh, under my umbrella ella ella eh eh eh eh eh eh

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