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Step 6: Prepare For Your Background Check

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Step 6: Prepare For Your Background Check

The background check may be the most invasive experience you’ve had in your life. Everything about you will be checked out. Your character, your finances, your driving and criminal records. There information here will help you prepare for the background investigation:


Be honest and upfront

Tell your friends and family

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    street

    almost 6 years ago

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    why ask such questions? we all have things in our closet that we regret it's not like the people already in the department are angels.

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    gymbumm

    almost 6 years ago

    36 Comments

    Hey Jamey it is true. I have been testing for two years now and now alot of agencies have come up with this new personal history questionaire, It saves time in the long run for the department. i have admitted to stuff in my past(over 20 years ago) Nothing I got caught for but just admitted to be honest and I still got denied. So my suggestion is if its not on paper you didn;t do it and that's straight out of most recruiters mouths . I hope I don;t offend anyone but that's the truth. FYI though I am still testing to this day.

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    jameyfrank

    almost 6 years ago

    8 Comments

    There is such a thing as being "too honest" as I was told. Do NOT volunteer anything they do not ask about. Minor technicalities can derail a recruitment process. The saying "loose lips sink ships" applies.

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    I forgot to mention...... If you get caught in a lie with an agency during a background check you can assume that every single agency you try out for down the road with use and/or check in with that agency and you'll never get out of that cirlce. It will be simply easier for them to move onto the next applicant then take the chance that you'll lie to them and be a future liablilty.

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    Case-by-Case... That's how many are looked at. They key to any question(s) is what comes after the simple "yes" or "no." You can't simply check the box on applications. You NEED to give good explinations to your actions and conduct in the space provided and then some... If you smoked something or did some drinking as a minor in school and your now in your late 20's-30's then you really have nothing to fear other then being caught in a fib. If your in your early 20's and straight out of school then you're going to have a harder time justifying your actions for miss-conduct, but most agencys will give you the chance to explain. However, when it comes down to you and your mistakes only you can take acountability! Best interview response to add at the end if your a younger applicant... "I took that experance and learned from it!"

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    danieldeuel

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    my brother was very excited about joining the local police force, when asked about drug use he said he had used mirijuana 8 months prior to his interview, he was denied, I believe this to be a bit harsh, is this status quo for joining?

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    patrickrob

    almost 6 years ago

    4 Comments

    Well i would honestly have to answer yes to all of those...when i was in middle school my friend downloaded a normal porn video that turned out to be child porn...it was a disgusting accident but never the less i couldn't say no to that. Who hasn't lied to their boss about some type of bull? An who hasn't stolen anything? we all make mistakes, that shouldn't disqualify you to serve your community. There should be some type of leniancy when it comes to the explanations for your answers.

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    a_iverson629

    almost 6 years ago

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    To DennyUSMC, I would hope you would answer No! And that it was true.

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    DennyUSMC

    almost 6 years ago

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    "• Have you ever looked at child porn"

    HOW DO U ANSWER THIS? AND I WONDER WHAT HAPPENS IF ITS THE WRONG ANSWER LOL!

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    leeroy77

    almost 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    When can I get started? I need a career. Its either the military or this.

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    rockerman

    about 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    sounds good to me

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    trelovell

    about 6 years ago

    146 Comments

    I got denied for an agency for voluntary admissions. All of the stuff in question was when I was a young teen between 13 and 18. I am now 28, when do they no longer care about what is in your background.

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    BBarto

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    what if you have felonys within the last 5 to 10 years for 2nd degree burglary possesstion of marijuania and drug paraphineilia and probation violations

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    shstrach

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Most agencies will allow up to $500.00 in collections.

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    dperks8

    about 6 years ago

    2 Comments

    Thanks!!

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