Do You Know What Employers Are Looking for with a Background Check?

We’ve all been there before. You think you’re a shoo-in for this incredible job opportunity or you finally get a call back after sending out so many resumes trying to get your foot in the door with a new career. You make an amazing impression at the first meeting with management, score well on all the aptitude tests and then, they ask you to submit to a background test.

For many people, this can be the roadblock that’s kept them from getting the job of their dreams. Maybe you never call back because you’re worried that one ticket is going to disqualify you for the position or you’re not sure what the background check will stir up.

Whatever the reason, it’s important to not only understand what employers are looking for when they ask for this but also to know your rights with employment background checks.

Many businesses have come under legal action due to improper, outdated or even incomplete information about prospective employers being used in their job consideration.

Here are a few of the main things potential employers will look into when they conduct a background check on you.

– Your credit history. This will provide them with information to show if you are in financial distress or if there’s a risk of theft or fraud for the company by hiring you.

– Your criminal history. Information about your past offenses from thefts or crime give employers a fair insight into hiring someone who could present a threat to the workplace or public.

Your driving record. Checking up on things such as your accident history, any speeding tickets or even violations or DUIs could show your responsibility or risk before choosing to hire you.

Here are some of the laws you should understand if you feel a background check was used improperly by an employer.

– The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that requires employers to be open and fair about the information they’ll be collecting about you. If you request a copy of any reports used in your hiring decisions they must be provided to you.

– It’s illegal for employers to check on an applicant’s background based their race, national origin, color, sex, religion, disability, genetic information, or age (40+).


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