How Deep Can Employee Background Checks Go?

Employee background checks can be vast, extensive, and almost become a document on every move you have made in the previous years. This is so companies can get a sense of who you are and to prevent fraud. Companies use it so they can be guaranteed that you are who you claim to be and that it isn’t taking a risk by hiring you. Companies use it as a safety net to prevent hiring people with a criminal record. To make sure that your education is verified and for the general safety of the company.

On your application or CV, et cetera, you should always be honest with the company as the majority of US-based companies now do background checks. If you lie, you will be caught out. Background checks are done by external companies or departments, for example, KYSHRM – Employment Background Check, have a list of U.S. based companies that specialize in extensive background checks and if you have lied about your education or your criminal record, you will get found out. Obviously, background checks aren’t limited to your criminal record or education, many types exist, and different organizations may ask for more information.

 

What They Can Find

So what specifically shows on certain types of background checks? On a criminal record check, you may find any crimes you’ve been convicted of, so that includes, but not limited to: crimes you’ve been found guilty for such as drug charges, speeding tickets, assault charges et cetera, any time spent in jail. It may also specify the crime committed, albeit arrests won’t likely show up as that’s no proof of guilt. Criminal check evidence may last up to a lifetime in certain U.S. states, while some will give you a clean slate of no criminal charges after ten years.

If you’re applying for a job in the financial sector, you’ll be subject to a credit check. This is a thorough check of your credit history and how you manage your finances. It is the most common check for loans and credit cards. A common form of credit check is your credit score. A credit score often covers the past ten years and can include credit card payments, loan payments, bill payments, loan inquiries, and even bankruptcies. An engineer most likely won’t be credit checked, unless the role involves managing finances.

Another type of check is a personal license check, this is just a general background check into confirming what qualifications you claim to have. This is obviously to prevent people from faking qualifications, such as degrees or high school grades or specialized qualifications such as a plumber’s qualification or any trade skill. Usually, these last a lifetime and the background check just includes contacting the qualification association which you’ve claimed to gain a qualification from.

 

Your Past Laid Bare

Other than the types listed, what may come up is employment verification, to confirm your previous years of employment, this will include looking up your national insurance number and perhaps contacting previous employers, proof of ID and address, such as looking up your passport number and confirming your address on the government database, proof of right to work in a country, which will usually be in the form of confirming your VISA or passport and any references you have put down will be contacted and ask to give a character reference.

Background checks can check usually every part of your history essentially that is at risk when the company hires you and it’s vital that on your application, you don’t lie as the background checks are extremely sophisticated and will catch you out.

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