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How Long Will My Background Check Take?

Most employers will run a background check on you when they seriously consider you as a candidate. They run background checks to see if you are a good fit for their business, verify information on your resume, and determine whether you will improve their reputation.

A background check will reveal many details about you. Such information includes criminal, employment, education, and various other histories that may prove relevant to the position. Some employers will make a contingent job offer based on the outcome of a background check. This practice has become increasingly common as more areas have ban-the-box laws.

A pre-employment background check typically takes approximately one-to-five business days to complete but could take weeks in some cases. The time depends on how much information they gather and how difficult it proves to obtain. It can take longer if you have nicknames or your past employers are challenging to contact. You can help speed up the process by providing any information when prompted. Furthermore, always include any alternate names used and past addresses. Making mistakes or leaving out information can cause problems with your background check, so you must be thorough when applying for jobs.

Types of Background Checks

There are several types of background checks, and which ones your potential employer chooses to run will affect the time the background check takes. Here are some of the more common background checks employers choose to run:

Identity Verification

Identity verification is the basic background check. This background check confirms your identity based on the information you provided. For example, it typically verifies your name and Social Security number by conducting an SSN trace.

Employment Verification

Some employers will check your employment history. For example, they generally call your previous employers and verify your employment dates.

Education Verification

Employers conduct an education verification to verify that you have the education, degrees, or licenses listed.

Criminal Record Check

This check gathers information about any criminal history you may have, searching federal, state, and county court records. Knowing whether your state or local area has a ban-the-box law is necessary. A ban-the-box law may require your potential employer to make a conditional job offer before running a criminal background check.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a job, you will likely have a background check performed. The time it takes will depend on the amount of information your potential employer attempts to obtain. It would be best if you considered performing a self-background check before starting your job hunt. Self-background checks will allow you to see what any potential employers will find and give you a chance to fix any errors in your background check.

Try running a Self Background Check today and give yourself a head start on your next job opportunity.


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