The New Background Check | Job Search Radio


EP 306 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the new way firms check you out.


You know it, you've read it, you've heard it many times.

The warning I'm giving you is to watch your social media presence. I had someone last week who is going on 1/3 interview. The client called me up and said, "Were going to cancel the interview."

"What happened?"

They had done on Twitter and saw something stupid he wrote there. If for one thing, they would've let it slide.. But they saw whole bunch of stuff they gave them cause for pause.

I'm reminding you that a lot of people have gotten warned about Facebook. LinkedIn is pristine for most people. Twitter is a place where people get sloppy sometimes.

Don't say stupid stuff. It comes back and haunts people. It's like the new reference check is going to twitter or going to Facebook and see what you have written there.

This guy lost an opportunity he really wanted and I have to explain to him. I'm going to tell him to purge his twitter feed.

When all is said and done, you can't do stupid stuff because there's an audit trail for you in everything that you do these days that you create. You don't want to put yourself in that position were something you wrote comes back and haunt you.

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Lessons in Background Checking and US Presidential Elections

Let me be clear–this is not a political article but an opportunity to take lessons from Presidential elections and apply them to job hunting.


In 2008, two candidates faced very different outcomes when their backgrounds were checked by the news.

Governor Sarah Palin did not have a thorough background check when she was interviewed by

representatives of Senator John McCain before selecting her to run with the Senator as his Vice Presidential nominee.

Thus, after she left the adoration of the convention and started to interview with the press, we all discovered that she had a fatal flaw (lack of knowledge) that made her unworthy in many of our minds to be Vice President.

Senator Obama faced a very different background check. Generally, the mass media liked the Senator and, dare I say, favored him for President. Thus, they chose to ignore how Obama lied about Senator Clinton’s positions on health care reform and Nafta, his view of opponents as people who clung to their Bibles and guns, his relationship with Bill Ayres and Tony Rezko. They let him slide on other points that seemed inconsistent with things he said.

Why? he was generally well liked.

Today, Governor Romney is being assaulted with attacks that have nothing to do with his positions on issues but based upon his employment at Bain Capital.

Was he involved with outsourcing jobs by Bain portfolio companies? When did he leave Bain? Why did the paperwork filed with the SEC still refer to him as CEO when he was running the Olympics? Was he really running the Olympics?

To me, these are nonsensical distractions that have been answered (He was not involved with outsourcing, he left in 1999, he was on leave from Bain, someone else ran the firm and he never returned to Bain after the Olympics [corroborated by a major Obama fundraiser who works for Bain]; and yes he ran the Olympics).

No matter, the mass media is off and running on these non-issues because the Governor is just not as likable as the President (By the way, on a separate subject, tell me 5 things the President will try to do if re-elected. I’ll spot you one thing–raise taxes on certain people; tell me four more).

Thus the sharp lesson to learn is to work on your likability. You won’t simply be hired based upon objective criteria like skills but whether someone likes you, too. The likability factor allows people to overlook “sins” or flaws in your experience

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Job hunting is a rigged game with you the mark.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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