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CE Tiger
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Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check

is this normal???


TheHiddenFlask
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
I work for a big bank and they didn't ask me for that.

I guess if you're applying at Lockheed Martin...


ZereauxSum
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Member since Nov 2008
10176 posts

re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
That sounds odd. I don't understand what information they would get from that other than your pay, the cost of your benefits and what's being withheld for taxes.

Maybe they're trying to figure out what kind of offer to make?


Tigerpaw123
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Louisiana
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9779 posts

re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
Sounds like they are doing the check on you, to see if you lied and told them you were making more money than you were at your old job, tell them to F off


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GoHoGsGo06
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Member since Nov 2006
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
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is this normal???
I dont think so, and you should respond by providing them the names of some old contacts at those jobs. They should not be looking at your pay stubs.


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LSUAfro
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2005
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
Very odd. I would tell HR that I did not have and would not request them, but would be happy to provide them with other necessary info.


CE Tiger
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Metairie
Member since Jan 2008
32785 posts

re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
well i already got the offer and accepted it... figured the background check would just be a formality.


ZereauxSum
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Member since Nov 2008
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
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well i already got the offer and accepted it... figured the background check would just be a formality.


yeah, in that case I have no idea. Like someone else said, they could be checking to see if you lied about your salary.

If you have nothing to hide and they insist, I would just give them what they want. It's a stupid request but harmless. Theres nothing there that you haven't already told them and you don't want to get off on the wrong foot.


Tigerpaw123
USA Fan
Louisiana
Member since Mar 2007
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
I would probably say something like ...I don't keep those things, what info do you need and I will get it for you


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Catman88
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Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2004
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
Funny actually Lockheed Martin was the only company that ever asked me. Northrop Grumman didnt care.


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foshizzle
LSU Fan
Washington DC metro
Member since Mar 2008
31301 posts

re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
Not normal but I can imagine a scenario where you are being considered for a position that requires a security clearance and they want to take an advance look.


CE Tiger
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Metairie
Member since Jan 2008
32785 posts

re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
well sent the shite off and got a reply that background check is now good to go. it was basically to just verify employment. start work on Sept 4th making the big bucks


ZereauxSum
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
Good deal...congrats and good luck.


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foshizzle
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Rockyn
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Tampa Bay
Member since Sep 2008
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
General FYI, I was just asked this of a boutique pre-formal offer. I would assume it was asked to help them gauge where they should offer. While it seems not cool, they are a business and do want to save as much as they can.

If they try and low-ball you, counter based on what that position is worth or slightly above. If you are polite and express why you're worth it, they often have no problem so long as your figure isn't totally unwarranted. By the same token, don't be a dick if you counter just to see what you can get. Also inform them that your recent stub is not indicative of future (next 12 months) earnings to help knock them off their figure.

If it's to see if you lied about your prior comp, you shouldn't have told them that anyway. You should always hold current comp as a card in your deck.

If they want stubs pre-offer/contract be hesitant. If they DEMAND them, be wary of the employer. Generally employment verification companies just call firm HR and confirm you've been there as long as you have.
This post was edited on 8/24 at 7:58 pm


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DWaginHTown
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
never heard of a company asking for that


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eleventy
LSU Fan
inner city
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Company asking for previous pay stubs for Background Check
I just had a background check done and that was not a requirement.


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