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What Does an Employee Background Check Entail?
It's becoming more common for potential job candidates to
submit to a background check prior to being hired for a
position. Employers have done this both to protect themselves
from hiring employees who have misrepresented personal
information, and ensure they're fol owing al legal requirements
for working within the country our county their located in. If
you've been advised you'll need to pass a background check
prior to be hired for a position, here's what you need to know.
Why Businesses Perform Background Checks
A CV and an interview is al an employer has to go off of when
searching through numerous job applicants for the right
employee. There are mountains of information to sort through,
which is why employers often speed up the process by
performing a background check to identify false or suspicious
information. Failure to perform a background check on potential employees can open up a business to many risks
*Potential for Employee Fraud
*Theft of Private Customer Information
*Issues with a disgruntled employee or high staff turnovers
*Damage to Company Reputation
*Potential for Lawsuits regarding Negligent Hiring Decisions
These are just a few of the reasons employers order background checks, but there are many others. While it protect the
company from risk, they can benefit potential employees as wel .
What a Background Check Means for You
Many job applicants think the process involved in their background check ends at consent to perform one. Rather than sit
passively and wait for the check to be completed, be sure you've given al the information they wil need to perform an
appropriate one, and know your rights as an employee for what they cannot check on.
The fol owing information cannot be acquired through a check and cannot be held against an employee during the hiring
*Unless the job requires you to work with financial information, typical y credit checks are off limits during a background
*Results of civil court suits, judgements, and arrest records are not valid if they are more than seven years old
*Bankruptcy information more than ten years old
*Requests for transcripts or grade information cannot be released without additional consent by the candidate
*Medical Reports and Disability Information are off limits
Things the employer can obtain without consent do include history of military service, driving records, and enrolment in
col ege but the details of grades and other information are kept private. If an employer rejects a potential candidate during
the process of a background check, they are required to advise the applicant of both the rejection and the company that
provided them with the report. Job seekers can also request copies of reports from the company who performed the
While it may seem invasive, a background check ultimately protects you as an employee as wel as the employer.
Companies who perform the checks show they have high standards for their staff, care about their own business standing,
and want to hire quality employees for overal success. Don't let it steer you away from a job. Be truthful and forthcoming
with al information, and be confident that the company wil choose you as the best candidate due to their diligence and
your honesty about how hard you'll work towards their success.
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