Background Checks Frequently Asked Questions by Employees
Background Checks Frequently Asked Questions are popular amongst individuals interested in ordering a background check. This is a reason we arranged this article. For many employers, background check and pre-employment screening have now become a regular part of the hiring process. However, many candidates and employees still struggle with a lack of awareness about background checks and what they might constitute.
Here is a list of some frequently asked questions that should resolve some of the doubts and concerns that employees and job candidates may have about employment screening.
What constitutes a background check?
In simple terms, a background check or pre-employment screening involves the gathering and evaluation of private and public records to verify your credentials and suitability for the organization and validate your claims and information you have furnished to them.
Common examples may include verification of your:
- Criminal record
- Employment history
- Credit history
- Educational qualifications
- Driving record
- Health records (restrictions may apply)
- Social media profile
Does the law permit an employer to conduct my background check?
Different types of employment screening and background checks are possible, and states and cities often impose their own laws related to background checks. Employers must comply with these laws to ensure a fair and non-discriminatory background check. Professional pre-employment screening service providers can assist employers in conducting these checks while complying with the local, state and federal laws.
What are the most common types of background checks I can expect an employer to conduct?
Your background check may depend on the nature of the job that you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for a position in finance, accounts or cash handling, your prospective employer may be interested in determining your criminal background before offering you the position formally.
If you are applying for a driver’s job, they may like to run a background check on your DUI (driving under the influence of liquor) violations, if any. In general, criminal records, employment history, and identity are the most commonly performed background checks by employers.
Can the employer check my social media profile?
It is a common practice today for many recruiters and hiring managers to review the social media profiles of prospective candidates. However, if you turn your social media account private by turning on the privacy settings, the employer may not be in a position to legally access your social media activity.
What can I do to clarify my position if the employer has any questions based on their background check?
You should maintain digital or physical copies of your academic degrees, diplomas, and transcripts. Keep copies of pay stubs or other authentic records to show your previous place of employment and last salary is drawn. Keep the contact details of your previous employers and references readily available for verification.
If necessary, you may contact your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a copy of your driving record. You can also get a copy of your credit report from financial companies. If there is a mismatch between your records and the employer’s background check, it can be clarified if you have authentic information available.
It’s also an astute idea to inform your professional references that they might be contacted as part of a prospective employer’s background screening process to verify your academic or work history.
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