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New answer on Dec 31, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Nov 15, 2020

Hi all,

I am in the background check process for one of the MBB firms. I'm an undergrad student.

There are some minor discrepancies in one of my "student club leadership" extracurricular experiences. For the time period, I included my time as a general member & board member but wrote "Board Member" for the resume. I also do not get along with the team at all and didn't want them to say something bad to jeopardize my offer.

This experience was a tiny part of my resume and didn't contribute to them selecting me at all, but was on it regardless. I just didn't bother listing it in my employment history in the outsourced background check firm.

Will they ask me to provide information about a student club? Will this make or break my background check?

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Natasha replied on Nov 15, 2020

I just did my background check 2 months ago and they did not check extracurriculars.

As well, some people list the highest role they achieved while putting the entire time they were affiliated with an organization. You'll see this a lot on LinkedIn, for example. I wouldn't consider this lying, but it's best to describe the two roles if you have space.

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Gaurav
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replied on Nov 15, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hi there,

It is very unlikely that your background will be checked on extra-curricular activities. Thus, you should not worry about that.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend you tell only the truth in the future, so you don't have such problems and worries.

Do you need any further help?

GB

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Ian
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replied on Nov 15, 2020
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Hi there,

This is perfectly fine. Not only will they likely not check your extracirriculars, but you were a board member at the club. I genuinely think you're safe!

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Henning
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replied on Nov 15, 2020
Bain | passed >15 MBB interviews as a candidate

I have not heard about extracurriculars being background-checked. So you will probably get away with this. But this should serve as a lesson: If companies find out that you lied on your documents, this warrants revoking an offer.

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Anonymous A on Nov 15, 2020

Is this really lying though? A lot of people put their highest position over the whole timer period when out of space.

Ken
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replied on Nov 15, 2020
Ex-McKinsey London final round interviewer

Completely agree with Henning. Background checks on extra-curriculars is unheard of but it is a valuable career lesson going forward where MBBs take integrity very seriously.

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Antonello
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replied on Dec 31, 2020
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Hi,

those are minor, none will assess it

best

Antonello

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Pedro
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replied on Dec 31, 2021
# Bain | EY-Parthenon | Roland Berger | FIT | Market Sizing | Former Head Recruiter

That kind of information is not checked, you're fine. And even if it were checked it would still be fine, as that is not a material difference.

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Clara
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replied on Nov 16, 2020
McKinsey | Awarded professor at Master in Management @ IE | MBA at MIT |+180 students coached | Integrated FIT Guide aut

Hello!

Congrats on the offer prior to the check, hehe.

Nothing to worry about.

Issue would be you saying you graduated from school x, when you didn´t. The minor things won´t even get checked.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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