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Question about background check: honest mistake with dates

Anonymous A asked on Sep 19, 2019 - 4 answers

Hello, I recently received an offer to join an MBB as an Associate full time ( APD - PhD hire). I have just signed and sent the offer letter as I am excited to join. As I was preparing for the background check I noticed an error on my application ( CV etc. ). The dates on an internship I did a couple of years ago are a year off. So, they should be ( May 2014 - July 2014 ) but I have them ( May 2015 - July 2015). This is a completel honest mistake, and I wasn't trying to fabricate anything. What should I do ? Not sure if the information is relevant but this was for a US office. Note: None of my interviewers even noticed or asked questions about this internship.


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replied on Sep 19, 2019
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It's an honest mistake that shouldn't (I don't believe) affect your application.

Having said that, now that you've noticed, just call your recruiter/admissions person (I'd call instead of email but your choice) and explain the situation. And they'll advise what next. Likely they'll just update it in their systems. Or may ask that you send an email confirming. But again, I can't see how that would affect your acceptance letter. It's a minor date issue.

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Hi Anonymous,

congratulations on your offer! As mentioned in the other replies, I would simply notify that to HR. I don't see possible implications in terms of the offer since it is a minor difference not changing the core of your CV.



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The background check is supposed to check several things:

  • If you committed any fraud / crime
  • if you have any equity

The exact dates are not important but you can always e-mail the recruiter.


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I truly believe that speaking up is always better than being asked later - and the mistake is close to irrelevant so you really have nothing to lose

Thanks for your reply. Do you think it is best to call the recruiter and tell him/her? — Anonymous A on Sep 19, 2019