Many employers today will do a background check to some extent in order to verify the information you provided. It can be as simple as contacting employers and references to verify when you worked where and what type of employee you are to as in-depth as a complete background check with criminal and credit record checks.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires employers to get permission from candidates before conducting a background check, but this isn’t the time to begin preparing. Look for information in the job posting or application about the possibility of a background check and begin your prep to make sure you pass.
Complete your own background check.
One of the best ways to avoid being surprised check is to do a background check on yourself. This way, you’re aware of anything that might come up and you can be forthcoming in your conversations with the employer so isn’t a surprise to them, either.
Court and criminal records.
If you’ve had a run in with the law in the past, look into your records to verify the information is correct. Based on this, decide if any follow-up is needed with the court to update a now-expunged criminal record or reduced charges. The same goes for civil court records.
Something glaringly bad on your credit report can leave you out of the running for many jobs, so checking ahead of time can prepare you for any conversations around the report and give you a chance to defend it, if necessary. Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian are all required to give you reports for free, so you can cross reference and verify using these three reports.
This is especially important if any sort of driving or travel is going to be a part of your job. The company will check your driving record before allowing you behind the wheel, so you want to know what they may find.
A quick Google search will show what’s been said of you online. Check for your name in news stories, blog posts, and even your own social media. Make sure an employer isn’t going to find something unsavory in your digital history.
Always be honest.
Once you know what your background check will reveal about you to an employer, you know how to be honest with them during the interview. Failing to have your storyline up with the facts can be a one-way ticket to rejection. Even with your experience, skill, and certifications, you want to be honest because these too can be verified and a lie will cost you the job.
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