Then you head into a job interview, it’s natural to have jitters. After all, your interview is likely coming after a lengthy and stressful job search, and if you are interviewing for a position that approximates your dream job, it’s easy to feel as if the whole world is riding on the interview. Indeed, everyone deals with nerves before a meeting with a prospective employer. However, the important thing is to not let them cloud your judgment and keep you from taking the measures that will give yourself the best possible shot at employment.
The pre-interview measure that job searchers most often overlook doesn’t have anything to do with the actual interview, but with the pre-employment background check. These days many employers require their applicants to complete a thorough background check as part of the interview process. Most of the time, the background check will be instituted after the job has been offered, with employment conditional on the results of the screening. Other times, employers will run background checks on all candidates and use the information as a means of deciding which applicants they will consider further. Either way, the background check is a hurdle you will have to clear before your prospective employer will regale you with a hiring offer, and contrary to popular belief, the background check is a step in the interview process that absolutely demands preparation.