If you’re job hunting, you’re probably rehearsing interview responses, researching the company, and selecting just the right outfit. Yet even the most carefully composed candidates can find their hopes dashed by something from their past. That’s because those people weren’t prepared for a background check. Many companies today go through a candidate’s history as a matter of due diligence. For anyone on the hunt for a new position, understanding how the process works and what it can uncover is essential.
For example, depending on where you live, the laws regarding such investigations may be different. Information such as military records or medical histories might be off-limits to employers without your consent. It’s also important for you to know your rights when it comes to erroneous results. In some cases, it could be the employer’s responsibility to correct any discrepancies uncovered during the check.
Putting your best foot forward as a job seeker involves more than polishing your resume or gathering references. It also means being ready for an employer looking into your history and how that could affect you. The accompanying guide contains more about what you should know to protect yourself and your reputation.
Author bio:Christian Moore is COO at Global Verification Network. He has more than 20 years of investigative and business experience with competencies including surveillance, competitive intelligence, pre-employment and course-of-employment background screening.