Whether you’re looking to hire someone or you’re looking for a job yourself, background checks are a part of the process. Most applicants and hiring managers usually feel pretty comfortable with each other after a couple of interviews - but background checks are an important part of hiring. They help employers confirm that a prospective employee has a history of being trustworthy, and would be a great (reliable) addition to the company.
Many of us have agreed to have a background check performed on us during an interview process without really knowing what information employers actually check, and many hiring managers have run background checks without really knowing what happens between submitting an applicant's details and getting the OK.
In this post, we’ll break down some of the things employers will (and won't) find when performing background checks on applicants. Not every employer will perform every type of check - but it pays to be prepared, and to know your options