Employers are more cautious than ever these days. If you’re interviewing for jobs, chances are great that you are going to face background checks.
In a perfect world, you would be able to take everyone at their word. You could trust a person to present himself or herself honestly. In the real world, however, this is not always the case. That’s why the majority of employers use background checks as a normal part of the hiring process.
If you’re job-hunting, it’s crucial that you understand how these work and what they can reveal about you. Even if you’re confident there is nothing troubling in your past, it’s a good idea to be prepared. You may uncover false or misleading information in your record that you could have removed. At the very least, you won’t be surprised by questions or concerns that arise during your interviews.
For example, you should request a copy of your driving record from your local Department of Motor Vehicles as well as a copy of your personnel file from each previous employer. This ensures that you’ll be aware of any incidents a hiring professional might ask you to explain in more detail. It’s also wise to check your social media history for any posts that could be considered offensive or paint you in a negative light.
For more about background checks and what you can do to prepare for them, take a look at the following guide. It contains a number of tips to help you put your best foot forward during your next job interview.
Global Verification Network offers employment screening for big and small companies alike.