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How Your Credit Score Affects You Getting The Job Or Not

Updated on October 21, 2009

Trouble Getting Hired Due To Bad Credit Scores

If you are one of the many Americans looking for work these days and having no luck you may want to consider your credit report and if it may be the reason you are not getting the call back. More and more companies are running credit checks on prospective employees and taking what is on the credit report into consideration when deciding whether or not to hire job seekers.This is more than the standard background check and drug test.

The companies who check the credit reports before hiring are thinking that they are protecting themselves by doing so. In their eyes, bad credit equals a bad employee. They may consider you to be unreliable, untrustworthy, or an ineffective employee. If you have lots of medical bills, are going through a lengthy nasty divorce, late paying your mortgage, car payments and utilities each month, have filed bankruptcy, or have other financial problems, these are all things that may be counting against you.

For those who have written hot checks or owe any banking institutions the employer may tell you before you can be hired you will need to start paying back your debt or at least work out payment arrangements with the collection agency.Usually they will look past unpaid medical bills if there are only a few or they do not add up to be very much money. If they see you are always sick they may be less likely to hire you over a healthier person who would not be calling in sick all the time. Talk about an invasion of privacy.

Deciding if you are a good worker or not should have nothing to do with your credit report. If they will not hire you because you are in debt this only makes getting out of debt that much harder. Companies are supposed to let you know if your credit report was the reason you were not chosen for the job or not but this rarely happens.

So unfortunately if you are having trouble finding a job and have an ugly credit report you may want to consider cleaning it up if at all possible.


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      CH1 7 years ago

      This is a horrible way to decide in hiring an applicant. Wondering if details are given on credit reports, not all people fall into a debt out of irresponsibility.

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      Army Infantry Mom 8 years ago

      What I'm worried about regaurding these potential hirer's is that,..I thought,..everytime someone runs a credit check on you it damages your score. This is a good topic you wrote about,..I think there's many who didn't know employers do this.