Background Check

How Do Employers Check My Background?

Once you have impressed in the interview and received positive feedback your potential employer will probably have you fill out paperwork, one being a consent to a background check. You may be wondering exactly what that background check will contain.

The background check will likely look at your identity, work history, criminal background, and possibly your financial status, depending on your position and the industry. Potential employers generally want to confirm the information you’ve supplied them with and find out if they believe you present a risk to their business.

[Types of Searches and Verifications an employer might choose to include in their pre-employment screening package.]

It’s a good idea to prepare for this process ahead of time so that this can be done quickly and easily. Here are some things and tips you can do to prepare.

Have a copy of your Identification ID/ID’s

Remember to make sure you have two picture IDs, such as a state ID, driver’s license, military ID, or student ID, to prove your identity. You should also have access or knowledy of youe Social Security card.

Obtain Proof of Your Education

Having proof of your education could mean the difference of a one day turnaround time to verify to up to two weeks. You should be able to obtain transcripts from the schools from which you graduated, and you can take these with you as proof of your education. Be sure to provide this during the background screening process – often there is a section for you to provide any helpful documentation… this is your chance to be prepared!

Verify Your Job Information

The prospective employer may want to contact the places where you stated you worked to confirm that you worked there, along with any other information you provided about the jobs. You might want to call your previous employers to see if the information that will be provided to any prospective employers who call will be accurate. Similar to the education verification, most time is spent just trying to get the correct paperwork or speak to the correct person. The easier you can make this for the background screening company, the quicker and sometimes more accurate your process will be.

Look at Your Credit Report

Depending on the job you applied for, the employer may request a credit report. This is more likely to occur in jobs where you will be handling money or have access to financial records or reports. The best way to prepare for this is to make sure that there are no errors in your credit report (yes, this happens more than you might think!). Also, if there is any negative information on the report, think ahead of time about how you will explain it.

Run a Self Background Check

Your prospective employer will more than likely include a criminal background check. The best way to be prepared for this is to run a background check on yourself, preferably before starting your job search. This will allow you to see what your potential employer will see and correct any errors it may contain (Errors surprisingly happen more than you might think! Courthouse clerks might accidentally enter a date wrong, or someone with the same name as you might have a record that gets filed under your name). It will also give you time to consider what you may want to say about any negative information.

It may also be a good idea to be familiar with any ban-the-box laws that apply in your area so you will know when an employer can ask about your criminal history, request a background check, as well as how an employer may use any criminal history information in the hiring process.

Try running a Self Background Check today to see what employers might find in your pre-employment report and give yourself a head start on your next job opportunity.


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