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NYCFan9553

How extensive are the background checks for NYC Transit?

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I'm interested in taking the upcoming Conductor exam for NYC Transit. I'm a little concerned about my background and getting hired though. I have a clean criminal background. It's just this former employment blunder. I had some very kind words with my former manager for firing me. So kind, that I can't use them as a reference at all lol. If I lie about not working there, I can be found out and not hired. Or worse, I can be terminated if I'm found out after being hired. What would be the best thing to do? 

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Don't lie. They can and do check things out. Their investigators are generally retired cops and have seen and heard everything. They complete the background investigation after you start working there but they reserve the right to fire you for lies and deliberate omissions intended to deceive them. There's nothing wrong with being fired. Most people have been fired from a job or two over the years. Just explain yourself briefly and honestly.

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Do not lie on your application. They can and will find out, and the penalty for omitting information on your application is dismissal.

 

They are more concerned about your work history being complete than about necessarily calling all of your old jobs to ask how you were as an employee and asking for recommendations. It's as much to make sure you've paid all your taxes and documented all your career steps, as it is to get an idea of you as an employee and person.

 

Don't worry about it, but disclose everything.

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Like Subway Guy said tell em everything.... I remember once when i got hired way back in 2001 they Pulled somebody right outta Schoolcar for lying on that application. One person they called downtown before his probation ended and terminated him too.

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Disclose EVERYTHING. You lie, you're gone. 

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