/ Asked by Rakshya
I have an expunged and sealed misdemeanor arrest record from a year ago. Can this information be found in background checks? Should I disclose information on it during the application process even though I wasn't convicted?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 14, 2014
Yes, I would recommend always disclosing this type of information.  If it has been expunged, it may not appear on a background check, but if for some reason it does and you have not disclosed it, your job offer may be rescinded.  Being up front with this type of information is much better than an employer finding out about it later.  And depending on what the matter is, it may have no bearing on whether or not you are selected for a position.
Answered by Judith, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Sunday, February 16, 2014
I always recommend being as honest and providing as much information possible during your application process and also before your background check is processed. You want your future employer to know that you are being fully transparent and can provide supporting documentation for all issues that may come up on a background check. This isnt the part of the process where you suprises coming up.
Answered by Sharon, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Monday, March 24, 2014
It is best to disclose it in the event it does appear on your background check. It is better for the hiring company to be aware than blindsided and disposition you for falsification. If you are working directly with HR, please know that criminal information should be kept confidential from your hiring manager. Your best bet, disclose as early in the process as possible.
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