FBI Background Check on Steve Jobs Provides Interesting Reveal
February 10, 2012
- There were many allegations of drug use
- A common theme among those interviewed cited an integrity issue.
Now, let’s just say that this wasn’t Steve Jobs. How would this affect your average Joe’s ability to secure a job?
Check out this excerpt from ABC News concerning Jobs’ alleged drug use:
“[Name redacted] also advised that he was aware that Mr. Jobs used illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD while they were attending college.”
While mere allegations of drug use are probably not reason enough to deny employment, an employer would be well within its rights to perform a drug test. Plus, another thing to bear in mind is that the person was referring to drug use when Jobs was in college, not even in the recent past.
The second item is very interesting to me; the issue of trustworthyness and integrity. On that the ABC News Story offers the following:
It [the background check] reveals no felony convictions and dryly lists lawsuits in which Jobs was involved, but also cites unnamed associates who mentioned Jobs’ drug use and questioned his “honesty.”
Wow! This is indeed interesting. We’ve heard a lot of negative stories about Jobs’ behavior and general demeanor in the office. Now, we’re also learning that his colleagues didn’t trust him.
So I ask, if you were to receive such information while conducting a reference interview and you didn’t know anything about the applicant, would you have hired the person?
In this case, not hiring him would have been one of the most monumental hiring mistakes of all time.