Background check

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A background check divulges specific information about a potential employee’s past to a potential employer.

When to run a background check

Background checks are frequently run in order to confirm that information a job candidate provides on his or her application or resume is correct. It allows an employer to confidently pick a potential employee who is best suited for the position offered.

Criminal background checks are also conducted in the United States before the purchase of a firearm is allowed, for those working in positions that have special security concerns (like trucking, ports of entry, airline positions or government jobs). Some laws prevent people who don’t pass a background check from working with the elderly, disabled or children.

Information in background checks

The reason a background check is conducted will dictate what information is made available to the potential employer. For example, someone working at a store would undergo less scrutiny than someone applying for a government position.

Information may include:

  • Criminal records.
  • Litigation records to determine if someone has filed a discrimination lawsuit against previous companies.
  • Driving records are especially important if a potential employee will be driving in order to keep insurance premiums down.
  • Drug tests are used for corporate ethics, measuring employee performance and keeping worker’s compensation premiums affordable.
  • Education records to confirm that an employee has received a degree in college.
  • Employment records can range form confirmation of past employment to discussions about performance.
  • Financial information, to include credit scores, civil judgment and bankruptcy proceedings.
  • Licensing records to access the licensee’s records.
  • Military records.
  • Social Security Number, or equivalent.

Controversial subjects

Many people argue about the ethics behind running drug tests and credit checks for employment purposes.