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

Last updated: April 25, 2024
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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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Eric Piché Bergeron
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An undesirable employer would put employees that stood their rights on this list.

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Ramon Soto
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L 2 L 3 Support Engineer at Johnson Johnson

Your article is very informative and you mentioned third party reference checkers company but you don't provide any and it would be nice to include few in your article, that will give people the opportunity to find out if they have been blacklisted.

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I am about 99.9% sure a job that I didnt even WORK at blacklisted me in 2019. I had applied. They said no. I emailed a letter stating not sure why I didnt get hired, as I have a lot of experience and they seem to only hire people that get FIRED from where I work and basically give me another shot. Since then (Spring of 2019) I have applied to (i lost count) but prob 1000 jobs and not ONE SINGLE INTERVIEW........I have recently lost the job I had been working for since 2018 last fall, so its VERY apparent it was them, because even when I was employed, I was getting treated like I was on a DO NOT HIRE list thats out there. Wish I could prove it and sue...but alas......

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Elli Beebe
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How do you report the company that black listed a person. I heard a manager say that a employee was never going to work for that company again.

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Redmist 78
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Yeah I applied for a jobs back in 2019 ( was employed at the time but hated my job) That place didnt hire me even though I have 25 years of exp and I wrote them an email stating it was unfair to not hire me when they hire all the workers that get fired from where I was at at the time and I would be an asset to them and they made a mistake and I think they need to reconsider. Since then I have applied to probably 1000 different jobs and NOT ONE positive response. Its ConnectiveRX in Pittsburgh. I am pretty sure they blacklisted me and put my name out there to other companies. I just lost my job last week and so far have had two thank you no thanks emails from job apps already. Seems pretty fishy to me.

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Zodwa Maphumulo
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Hy I've been trying to get job from 2020 I'm not sure if I was black listed because not even one company want to hire me and what makes me think blacklisted is that on my form for uif they supposed to write that we retrenched instead I saw dismissal and what hurts me is that company I was worked for closed down in 2020 I have no contact any of them so they can explain what happened

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I’ve applied everywhere, and getting turned down. How do I find out if I have been black listed? Yet I have a two week notice, I left for personal reasons then my husband I got back together now I can’t find a job. I have a Masters degree in business Administration.

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Wendy Couch
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I am pretty sure I have been blacklisted I have applied everywhere in the town I live in and multiple interviews and nothing.

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I think I was black listed I worked for Homedepot almost 4 years 1st year everything was fine. I started getting sexually harassed by 2 different department supervisors, till one day one grabbed my breast. Long story short I had to physically go to the precinct and put a complaint cause Homedepot wanted to protect him, they told me their was no type of proof no one saw anything and there’s no cameras in the cafeteria where it happened. I did closing shift so I took my break late. The detectives went 2 times to homedepot asking to speak to that pig & they denied he worked there. I had to screen shot a picture of the guy from Twitter with his apron on and took it to the detectives. These things take time so I was desperate homedepot made me feel like a worthless piece of 💩 so much for the orange family. Anyways I went on to Twitter asking for help without giving too much detail mind you I had another job I never said where cause I’m smarter than that. They had no other choice than to fire him, when I went back to work nothing was the same they were giving me more work than the full timers, all managers were giving me dirty looks, they made my life a living hell I’d say a nightmare. From loving my job I went to hating it with a passion thanks to the managers. They kept doing me dirty in every which way they could, the purpose was for me to get tired and leave I kept my cool and went in to do my job with my head held high cause I did absolutely nothing wrong. Till one day they hired a new girl to my department she I always thought she was there for that specific purpose, I couldn’t no more and decided to leave. They made me sign a blank piece of paper that only said I (My Name) resign that’s it, they proceeded to tell me that was to assure me to be able to either come back or work at any other homedepot. I have applied to the nearest 3 and Lowe’s as well, target, Burlington for the last 3 years and nothing. That is pretty messed up and lame what was I suppose to do let the supervisor do as he pleased with me in order to keep and be unbothered with managers at my job???? You know how many woman and young ladies I saw get fired every time they complained they were being sexually harassed instead of firing the harasser. I will never understand how these companies get away with the in 2023 now I’m 44 and jobless for defending myself.

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Donald Ezell
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I'm believe I'm on the blacklist I've applied to 23 jobs and denied 23 times, but the recruiter is blaming the other company. Also my old boss is probably throwing me under the bus..

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