Would YOU Hire Jack Bauer?
January 26, 2009
Here at employeescreenIQ, we are big fans of the Fox action/adventure/drama series 24. In honor of its return after missing a season due to the writers’ strike, we thought it would be fun to write a blog about its main character, Jack Bauer. Particularly, what types of services we would want to run on him for a background check and the kind of results we would obtain.
To start, we would definitely want to run a social security number trace on Jack. The SSN trace would provide us with his residential history as well as any aka’s he has used. Results from the SSN trace would show two aka’s – Kiefer Sutherland and Frank Flynn (kudos to anyone who remembers this name from the beginning of season 5)! Since Jack is a resident of Los Angeles county, we would start with a criminal search in that county court.
There, we would find two DUI convictions under the name Kiefer Sutherland. Running a federal criminal records search would show pending human rights violation and torture charges for his use of excessive force while working for the Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) . If convicted, this could certainly disqualify Jack for employment with most companies. There have been times in during his employment with CTU that he has killed more than 30 people in one day. He boasts a career high of eliminating 186 people in 6 days and 5 hours. Though, one could argue (especially Jack himself), that they had it coming.
Since Jack’s job requires frequent travel, both foreign and domestic, we would probably also run any applicable statewide, national and international criminal checks, just to be on the safe side. I can’t speak intelligently about what information we would find with these searches as most of Jack’s operations have been classified.
Jack’s employment history would consist of verifications from the US Army, CTU, and the FBI (he currently holds a consultant position with this government agency). Some former CTU supervisors (obviously the ones who are not already deceased) would say that Jack has consistently shown a blatant disregard for rules, but does have a tendency to produce the desired results. At this point, the FBI may not have good things to say about him since they are under the impression he is aiding and abetting terrorists. However, if he were to list former President Wayne Palmer as a former supervisor, we would surely hear about how Jack Bauer is a man who knows how to get the job done by any means necessary.
So while Jack Bauer may not look too good on paper from his criminal record history and opinions from some of his former supervisors, one can’t argue the fact that he is a dedicated employee. So if you are looking for someone who is willing to violate company policy when necessary, is committed to eliminating the competition, or is just an all-around bad a**, then Jack is undoubtedly your guy.
Special thanks to Jonah Green, an Account Executive with employeescreenIQ, for his contribution to this blog post!
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