Every time my brother applies for a new job, he dreads the part where the potential employer runs pre employment screening. Mostly because he knows that his criminal background checks will show up with a laundry list of convictions from crimes committed in various states.
The dread doesn’t come from the results of the criminal background checks; the dread comes because he knows that he is actually two of a kind. These negative reports are actually from another person with the exact same name, same spelling of his name, and the same date of birth. My brother, on the other hand, has a squeaky clean criminal record.
He first found out about this problem after interviewing for a job and then receiving a rejection letter in the mail from this company. They stated that he did not divulge his record to them on the application, and based on the convictions he was ineligible for hire.
He then had to go through several other steps to prove that the records were not his and he had never even been to the states in which the arrests had happened. The proof came from the information found on his driver’s license such as race, hair and eye color, and the photo. Once matched to the mug shots and the arrest records, my brother was cleared and offered the position.
He now lets potential employers know that there is a second person out there with the same name. When they run the pre employment screening, they should anticipate that they would see this other person’s records in his search results.
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