What is a background check?
A background check is a search of public records to verify information about a person, such as their criminal history, employment history, and education history.
Why do employers do background checks?
Employers do background checks to verify the information that job applicants have provided, to assess their suitability for the job, and to protect themselves from potential liability.
What types of information can be included in a background check?
The types of information that can be included in a background check vary depending on the type of check and the laws of the state in which the check is being conducted. However, common types of information that may be included in a background check include criminal history, employment history, education history, driving record, and credit history.
What are my rights as an applicant?
Applicants have certain rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) with respect to background checks. These rights include the right to be notified of the existence of a background check, the right to obtain a copy of the background check report, and the right to dispute any inaccurate information in the report.
How can I prepare for a background check?
There are a few things you can do to prepare for a background check:
Be honest on your job application.
Provide accurate information about your criminal history, employment history, and education history.
Keep your records up-to-date.
Dispute any inaccurate information in your background check report.