Kai Dickerson
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Posted December 8, 2020

How to find out if you've been blacklisted from a company

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If you’re failing get a job offer after an enthusiastic and promising job interview, you may suspect that you have been flagged by a previous employer on their do not rehire list.

Why companies put prior employees on blacklists

Sometimes being flagged as do not rehire is due to misunderstandings between the employee and employer. Some common reasons are:

  • Leaving without giving two (full) weeks’ notice
  • Unreliable attendance records, no call/no show events (especially during the two weeks notice period)
  • Poor performance or misconduct during employment period

Ways to check if you're on a blacklist

Hire a company to check what your references and prior employers are saying

There are services known as third-party reference checkers, that cost between $30 - $75 (depending on the level of service needed) that will return a written report on the inquiries. This professional service will call your references or prior employers, as if they are a company who is looking to hire you, and ask questions similar to what a hiring manager would ask.

One of the most important questions they will ask your reference or previous employer is whether or not you are are eligible for rehire? If the answer is no - you are not eligible for rehire, that is likely the reason you are not getting job offers.

Speak with your previous manager to find out if you're on the company's do not rehire list

Contact your last manager, tell them you believe you’ve been blacklisted and if that is the case, you are looking to understand the reason why this may have occurred. A misunderstanding may be surfaced that you may be able to resolve directly. If you are able to resolve the issue, ask if they would reconsider their stance on your 'do-not-rehire' status when prospective employers call about you. If they agree -- good work! If they don’t agree -- you may want to consider removing this reference from your list.

Speak with the recruiting firms you have worked with

Recruiting firms can blacklist you. Ask the recruiter if you’ve done something to discourage them from recommending you for hire. If you’re working with one or more recruiting firms, it’s important to know that recruiters talk to each other.

Some examples of why recruiters put job seekers on blacklists

  • Cutting the recruiter out of the process: job seeker learns about an open position from the recruiter, but then the job seeker applies for the job directly with the employer
  • No shows for an interview: the recruiter arranges a job interview, but the job seeker doesn't show up
  • Changing acceptable job criteria: the recruiter helps the job seeker find and land a job that meets the job seekers acceptable job criteria, but the job seeker changes their mind regarding salary, location, etc.
  • Not staying in a job through the probational period: the recruiter helps place the job seeker in a role, but the job seeker leaves the job before the initial probation
  • Working with the competition at the same time: the job seeker works with two competing recruiting firms at the same time for the same or similar roles

Recruiters need to protect their reputations with clients companies, and generally will not recommend candidates who jeopardize their trust. If you land on a recruiter's blacklist, you can either seek another recruiting firm to work with, or consider completing the job hunt on your own.


Finding out you have been blacklisted with a company is a challenge, but is not a deal breaker.

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Inès Vivianne

Thank you so much for this article I would say yes I think I have been black listed as well... I worked for a company in Maryland. They treated bad they worker I applied for part time job and after one month they made me work full time and I only got paid $300 per week with one day off they would even remove that day off or make me cover somebody’s shift and not pay me for that ! I applied as a cashier they made me serve and cash ! I wasn’t the only one complaining about how bad was the management’s staffs and even the owner. I worked there because I had no choice to stay there I didn’t have my social yet... I’ve always been an excellent worker for them and I’m now shocked that they blacklisted me I’ve all the proof the report their bad food safety even their whole store Proof that they stole for me and made me work like a slave Only God knows what he will do with that company

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Scott Heiny

I was terminated for the vaccine mandated by my employer. I didn't get vaccinated, and was terminated because of this. Can a previous employer blacklist you because you didn't conform to their vaccine mandate? Located in IN, any insight could be helpful.

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Elizabeth Beyer

Hard to blacklist an Embalmer of 30 years No one is wanting to give up their holiday season . Stop wasting. people time with this nonsense, there are first responders and last responders who take care of those we don't know .Share the Love and kindness folks

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Lucas Kitchkommie

Would please request to be removed from blacklist

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Diane Long

It’s hard to comprehend how I could be blacklisted by a recruiter considering nearly every single laughable, unrealistic ‘offer’ ie ‘diane, congratulations you’re hired to make $2450 a week’ is not only bizarrely unrealistic, it is an offer for jobs states away and not even a job I’m remotely qualified for. I’m blown away at how many messages land in my inbox in the measure of an hour. All because a week ago I started a job search. Regarding going directly to company websites - nearly 100% of the time if I look to verify if a specific position with company is actually open, it’s not.

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Suna Solie

Can you tell me who you are? And why I am in black list?

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Suna Solie

Who are you?

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Melodie Wooten

Kai Dickerson, To my understanding it is illegal for a previous employer to confirm anything other that my name, title and dates of employment. Has there been another law passed after January 6, 2021 that I'm not aware of? Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Maravic Alqueza De Jesus

I worked in Retail business for just one company 18 years, my job performance is 100% the reason why all the managers knew me or the whole store team, but we can't please everyone, Attendance issues, I was out, non rehirable 3 times, my question is when a manager made a mistake January 28, 2019 and terminated me, they called me back because I was right, I was out of work a month, got denied for unemployment, never paid me at all and it's not my fault, wrongful termination, I didn't filed charges, and now listed in not rehire, not fair, tell me what work experience do i put?

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Teresa Scofield

How do you explain a wrongful termination?

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