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Conditional Offer of Employment

Frequently Asked Questions

Conditional Offer of Employment

Pre-Employment Physical Examination

Employment Background Investigation

Conditional Offer of Employment

Q. What happens if I am selected for hire to a position with Baltimore County Government?

A. The hiring agency will contact you to make a conditional offer of employment. This means that before you start work you must first successfully complete the following two steps of our pre-employment process:

  • A pre-employment physical examination;
    and
  • An employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, educational and fingerprint check.

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Q. Do I have to pay for the pre-employment physical examination, and/or my employment background investigation?

A. No. Baltimore County pays for the pre-employment physical examination; and for the employment background investigation, including fingerprinting.

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Q. What happens if the results of my pre-employment physical examination, and/or my employment background investigation are not satisfactory for the job?

A. You will be notified that your conditional offer of employment has been rescinded and that your application for the position has been disqualified. You will receive copies of the records that disqualified you from employment for the position.

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Q. Who has access to my employment background investigation information?

A. Records are kept confidential and secure in the Office of Human Resources.

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Q. When will I be notified of the results of my pre-employment physical examination and my employment background investigation?

A. Normally, the process to collect and review the pre-employment physical examination and employment background investigation results takes up to two weeks. When you have successfully completed the process, the hiring agency will notify you to schedule your first day of work.

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Pre-Employment Physical Examination

Q. When should I report for my pre-employment physical examination?

A. When the hiring agency contacts you to make a conditional offer of employment they will tell you the date and time to report for your pre-employment physical examination. 

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Q. Where do I go for my pre-employment physical examination?

A.
Mercy Medical Center
Business and Employee Health Services (BEHS)
1766 York Road
Lutherville, Maryland 21093
Phone: 443-275-5090
Directions: From I-695
  • Take Exit 26 B York Road towards Lutherville
  • Continue on York Road for approximately 1.5 miles
  • BEHS is on the left, in Ridgely Plaza Shopping Center

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Q. What do I need to bring with me to the pre-employment physical examination?

A. A valid Picture ID, such as a driver's license or a government issued photo identification card.

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Q. Is there anything else I need to know about the pre-employment physical examination?

A.

  • Allow up to two hours for the pre-employment physical examination process.
  • During the physical process, you will be required to provide a urine specimen for urinalysis drug screen.
  • There are no accommodations to supervise young children during the physical examination process. Mercy staff will not be able to proceed with your scheduled examination should you have a young child with you.

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Employment Background Investigation

Q. What do I need to do to complete the employment background investigation process?

A. Within two weeks of your conditional offer of employment you need to review and complete your Employment Background Investigation packet (PDF) and schedule your fingerprint appointment with the County.

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Q. How can I schedule my fingerprint appointment?

A. You can schedule your fingerprint appointment by contacting the appropriate coordinator for the agency that extended your conditional offer of employment. Coordinators are available during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Q. Where do I go for my fingerprint appointment?

A.
Baltimore County Public Safety Building
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Plan to arrive for your appointment at least 15 minutes in advance. Detailed directions are available to help you locate the Public Safety Building. Limited free parking is available.

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Q. What documents and other information will I need to bring with me to the fingerprint appointment?

A.

  • A government-issued photo ID (a driver's license, if required by the job position) and two photocopies of the ID
  • Information related to name changes;
  • Current and previous residence/address information; and
  • Documents to prove identity and establish employment eligibility.

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Q. What will happen during my fingerprint appointment?

A.

  • The fingerprint technician will review your forms for completion;
  • The fingerprint technician will fingerprint you;
  • You will complete a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification; and
  • The fingerprint technician will review your identity and employment eligibility documents.

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Q. When will my employment background investigation process begin?

A. After the hiring agency has extended a conditional offer of employment to you.

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Q. Who is required to have an employment background investigation?

A. Employment background investigations will be conducted on applicants not currently employed by Baltimore County Government, after a conditional offer of employment has been made.

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Q. Why am I required to have an employment background investigation?

A. The employment background investigation assists Baltimore County in identifying the suitability of job applicants for the position, to preserve the safety and security of Baltimore County residents and to maintain the integrity of Baltimore County government operations.

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Q. What is included in the employment background investigation?

A. The employment background investigation includes, but is not limited to, an examination of the following information:

  • Criminal record
  • Educational record
  • Fingerprint check
  • Driving record
  • Social security number verification

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Q. If I have any kind of criminal background will I automatically be disqualified for employment?

A. No. You will not automatically be disqualified if you have a criminal conviction, guilty plea, probation before judgment (PBJ), or finding of not criminally responsible (NCR). The factors that will be considered in making a determination about your suitability for employment include:

  • The type of crime
  • The frequency of violations and/or a pattern of offenses
  • The time elapsed since the conviction or disposition
  • The applicant's age at the time of conviction or disposition
  • The duties of the job

We do not expect each and every applicant to have a perfect past. However, it is important for you to answer all questions thoroughly and provide complete and factual information pertaining to any conviction, guilty plea, probation before judgment (PBJ), or finding of not criminally responsible (NCR). Failure to disclose the above information will be sufficient cause to disqualify you from employment, regardless of the seriousness of the offense. Note: You do not need to tell us about juvenile offenses unless you were tried as an adult. You do not need to tell us about expunged criminal records.

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Q. If I have already gone through a fingerprint and criminal background check process for another job, or for some other reason, will I have to submit to Baltimore County's employment background investigation?

A. Yes. It is important that we receive the employment background investigation in a consistent manner for applicants hired in Baltimore County.

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Revised April 29, 2014

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