How do I prepare for a background check?
  • 28 Apr 2021
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How do I prepare for a background check?

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Gather The Information You’ll Need

You’ll finish the background check process faster if you have the right information at your fingertips.

The most common information required on background checks includes:

  • Your legal name
  • Address
  • Birth date
  • Social Security number
  • Recent past employers (company name, address, phone number, start/end dates)
  • Education history (institution name, phone number, begin/end dates)
  • Professional license numbers
  • Drivers license number

That’s really about all you’ll need for a background check to be run. There are a few additional things you can consider, though, especially if you’re concerned that the background check will show something that could be a red flag for employers.

Consider Running A Personal Background Check

When you run your own background check, you have a chance to see what an employer will see. A personal background check will tell you if:

  • Your Social Security number can be verified.
  • Criminal records appear on your background check.
  • Your education and employment can be verified.
  • There is any inaccurate information in government or law enforcement files related to you.

These kinds of alerts on your background check act as a red flag for hiring managers and may delay or jeopardize their decision to hire you.

You’ll also be able to spot any inaccuracies and take steps to correct them.

You can run a personal background check anytime through GoodHire.

You might also consider requesting a copy of your credit report (you can get one free every year). Some employers do run credit checks on certain employees. (See The Difference Between Employment & Personal Credit Checks.)

If You Have A Criminal Record, Be Ready To Explain It

If you have a criminal record, have a plan for how you will bring this up with a potential employer.

Whether you run a personal background check or an employer runs one on you through GoodHire, you’ll be able to add comments about your record directly to your background check results. These comments can give employers a more complete picture of what happened and what you’ve done since the offense.

Taking a little extra time to gather the information needed in advance, running your own background check, and preparing comments about your results helps you get set for success.

Good luck!

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