/ Asked by Jessica
I put a job I was fired from a few years ago on my resume (was good experience). During my interviews for a new job, I was not asked if I was fired and if they had asked I was prepared to be honest. They hired me and are now doing the background check. Should I be concerned that they may find that I was fired and decide not to hire me anymore?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, January 30, 2015
As long as you disclosed this job when you applied, you should not have anything to be concerned about.  One of the most common reasons for job offers being rescinded is if the new hire did not disclose something about their history when applying and it is later discovered on a background check.  In most cases, all that will be discovered in a background check is your dates of employment and why you left the job.  The only thing that may cause problems for you is if the reason you were let go from the previous job creates a significant liability or risk for your new employer (i.e. being let go for theft when you would be responsible for company assets on your new job, etc.).  This aside, since you were honest when applying, you should be alright.
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, February 2, 2015
It sounds like you were able to effectively speak to the experience you acquired during the role and they made the decision to hire you based on that.  As long as you were honest on your application, during your interview, and after the offer was accepted, I do not see a reason why or how they could disqualify you.
Answered by Kacie, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, February 2, 2015
As long as you were honest during the interview process, you should not have anything to be concerned about.  If the application did not require you to state why you previously left that position and if it wasn't addressed during the interview process, you did not mislead them or answer anything untruthfully.  Of course, if they approach you now and ask you your reason for leaving, be sure to be upfront and honest with them.  Offer rescinds happen based on falsification of an application, so I do not feel like you should be concerned.
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