Category Archives: Background Checks

Unauthorized Job References, Quirky Question # 27

Quirky Question # 27:

We recently terminated our Controller.  We had concerns about the way in which he was managing his department.  Certain funds (not an insubstantial amount) were not accounted for and our firm’s accounting records designed to track various purchases and expenditures were largely inscrutable.  We lost a lot of money due to these problems.  My perception is that he was either incompetent, or, possibly, dishonest.  Despite that fact, we terminated him without cause.

I just learned that several weeks ago, he asked our CFO to write him a job reference and our CFO did so.  None of us in the Law Department had a chance to bless this recommendation before it was provided to our ex-Controller.  I recently obtained a copy of the reference and it’s quite enthusiastic (perhaps an understatement by me).  This situation makes me somewhat uneasy on a couple of levels.  Are my anxieties misplaced or is this something I should worry about? Answer→

Quirky Question # 26, Background Checks

Quirky Question # 26:

We are desperately trying to hire someone for a position we have had open for far too long.  Perhaps our standards have been too high because we haven’t been able to find the right candidate.  I recently interviewed a very impressive candidate and would like to extend him an offer.  I have not been successful in tracking down some of his references.  Moreover, there appear to be a few gaps in his employment history.  My intuition tells me to slow down but I do not want to lose this applicant.  How important is it to pin down all of the relevant background information? Answer→