I came across your website and would love to get some information from you. From what I read, you seem to be extremely knowledgable about the HR field. I was terminated from a job approximately 6 years ago. This company has a no rehire policy, but Id like to apply again anyways. From what I was told, this company has a 6 year retention policy for employee files/records. Im not sure how that process works. My question is, would it be possible for me to get back in without them knowing I was a previous employee since it has been six years since I was last employed there? Id like to know the odds of this happening. Any suggestions?
Thanks for your advice…
Dear Job Seeker,
I hope your day isn’t ruined by my answer. My day should be fine, by the way, as I am blogging from Disney World (well, from my hotel–although, blogging would be a useful way to pass the time while standing in lines).
I doubt your company has a true “we don’t rehire anyone” policy. Most likely they have a “we won’t rehire a select group” policy.
First of all, if they have told you that you are not eligible for rehire, you aren’t, even if it’s been six years. We run a search on the social security number of everyone we hire so even if your name has changed since you left, we know who you are.
Second, I’ve never yet seen a job application that doesn’t ask if you’ve worked for this company previously. If you check “no” and get hired and they find out about it later (which they will–6 years is a very short time) you’ll be fired.
Now, if you want to apply and be honest and go ahead. It can’t hurt. But, don’t try to skirt the policy.
Good luck on the job hunt. There are a zillion companies out there. Better ones than the one you left.
Evil HR Lady