Types of Background Checking that are most commonly used

In the previous blog article we discussed why it is important to conduct background checks. More recently there have been many articles released detailing how people lost their jobs because of erroneous background checks and incorrect information in their backgrounds. With jobs in short demand you do not have the luxury of waiting for the next opportunity. So it is even more crucial to make sure stay up to date on the information in your background.run a self background check

We will start with the most common.  I know this post will have the personality of a rock but it is important to know and understand what people are seeing about you and how what they see can affect you when job hunting.

Criminal Background History Check – Almost every company that runs a background check will run this to make sure they are not going to hire the wrong person for the wrong type of job. We are not implying that people with a criminal history should not be employed, but companies should avoid hiring a person with serious criminal findings in their background for certain positions. Now we can break this category down even further:

  1. County Criminal Records – This is used to show any misdemeanors or felonies located at the local level. This more than likely will catch most records however; these systems are not updated frequently and can sometimes give a false report.
  2. State Criminal Records – This report is used to checks records throughout the state. If you have moved from town to town this type of check will catch those records. A person with several aliases and noted moving from town to town may raise some red flags to some employers.
  3. National Criminal Records – This report should be used to help with other local searches. Not everyone can remember old addresses from years ago. So companies use National Criminal searches to try and cover most states. This is an optional check- since not every state and city participates in this program some employers may not choose to run this check. In fact, the states that do have systems for this type of search may not be updated in a timely manner.
  4. Federal Criminal Records – These reports will show the employer if you happen to have been prosecuted by the federal courts. Not all federal crimes are some evil mastermind taking over the world; categories such as Tax evasion, fraud and embezzlement are located on this level at some degree.

2)      Sex Offender Registry Checks – These reports are always increasing. If you are looking for a job, volunteering, coaching or just going to be around children or seniors there is a 99% chance that this report will be ran on you on the state and national level.

3)      Driving Records – Most companies that have a livery or jobs that consists of deliveries, will have  conduct this report.

4)      Federal Bankruptcy Reports – Now we are getting into reports that are ran but are really job specific. The bankruptcy reports will show a possible employer any situation where you may have had to file bankruptcy. Is it a crime to file for bankruptcy? No, but an employer may think of it as mismanagement of money and can harm you depending on the job you are looking for.

5)      Education Verification – Usually ran with a reference check to make sure that you have the proper education and the universities you listed on your resume is accurate and real (yes, there are fake universities online that charge fee that will allow you print out a diploma).

6)      Reference Check – It used to be that HR would call references by themselves and were able to get all the juicy details on a candidate. With new laws today it has become increasingly hard for them to do this, since the questions are limited. When going through a third party for reference checks, the amount of information the company receives is increased.

7)      Social Security Checks – This type of background screening is usually included when employers run a National Criminal Search. There are companies that will offer this service separate from other background checking services. HINT: This is a report that YOU should run periodically on yourself to keep an eye on your identity.do you know what your background check will reveal about you?

So there you have it the most common background checks that companies will run on candidates as a pre-employment checklist. The background checks conducted will ultimately depend on the type of job you are applying for. If you are trying to get Top Secret clearance or anything in that neighborhood then there will be more checks ran. They will even go to your house and talk to neighbors and ex-girlfriends to establish how you act and behave when not on the company time clock.

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A background check could have helped you get that job

Most of us have been in the situation where you are applying for jobs and everything is going great. First, you nailed the phone interview are asked to come in for a personal interview. Then that interview goes well and you are positive that the job will be yours. After the interview, human resources tell you that they need to conduct a background check on you.  No problem, right? You have kept yourself out of trouble; well, at least as much as possible. So you give them your information and now you know you have the job.  It’s all just technicalities at this point.

Four days have gone by and you’ve been waiting and waiting.  You tell yourself that they just have a couple more interviews to go through. Your confidence is still high. A week has passed and you send your interviewers an email thanking them, hoping to receive a reply. Nothing happens and you are now going over the entire interview in your head wondering where it went wrong. Finally, you decide to call human resources to inquire about the position and are told that they decided to with someone else.

How can this happen? You did everything right.  You were 100% positive the job was yours. How? Howbackground checks before job hunting could this happen? Where did it go wrong?

Did you conduct a personal background check? No? That could be the main reason you did not receive that great job. Many people go into interviews not knowing what is reported about them when a company does a background check. There could be many things that show up in a background search that can hurt your chances for a job.

Reason 1:

False information – The information reported on your background check is collected from many different counties, state and federal databases. Most companies will do just a criminal background check at county and state level. When the search is conducted, usually a name and address search is done (depending on what the company pays the service provider) and a report is given back with the results. The results could have other people listed with the same name as yours or the person processing the background check misspelled or inserted your name wrong. Either way, it will result in a bad report especially if there’s another person out there with your same name that has a record not as clean as yours.

Reason 2:

Old Information – Okay, everyone is not perfect and from time to time, get in trouble. We are not talking murder but some little misdemeanors. I mean a driving ticket is technically a misdemeanor. However, these will show up on a criminal check. Most background checks can only go back for 7 years (check with your local state laws, though they do vary). You can, depending on state, have some of your youth experiences expunged or sealed so that they do not show up on your record or just know what is showing up so that you don’t give out any false information during the hiring process. If you listed that you do not have any criminal records and something shows up, it could mean that your application ends up in the ole “file for later” file.

If you do your own a personal background check you will spot these problems before going into those interviews and have a chance to correct them before human resource spots them.

So many companies offer this, which one do I choose?

If you Google “Personal Background Checks” there are thousands of companies offering this service and picking the right one is very important as well.

Free – These are the sites that you should stay away from. The searches they offer are very minimal and give you little information leading you to believe that there is nothing to worry about. I guarantee you that the companies you are applying to are paying to have their background check vendor dig deeper into your information.  These “Free” sites will show you little information and if need it to say more then it will cost you money. Just remember you get what you pay for.

Subscriptions – Why would you need to buy a subscription for a personal background search? Really, how many times a year are you going to run a search on yourself?

At eKnowID, we do not offer free checks or ask for a subscription. We want you to know what is being reported on you. We cannot offer this for free because we do have people that will double check your report and make sure it is accurate and if an issue arises, they will pinpoint it out for you as well. We do understand that you are looking for a job so money is tight. That is why we try to keep our cost as low as possible; some checks are as low as $12.95. See, it is not that expensive and will show you the same information that a company will see (at a fraction of the cost).

Next Post: Different types of background checking reports.

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Recent graduates, set yourself apart.

Congratulations to all 2013 college graduates! Graduation has passed, summer is more than half way over, and I’m sure you have asked, what’s next?

Looking for a job? 

An internship?

Volunteer work?

It’s not easy to get yourself out there, and set yourself apart from the masses. However, did you know one way you set yourself apart is by checking your personal background before your potential employer?

In a tough job market, nearly 75 percent of employers conduct background checks on all employees. Job seekers often lose interview opportunities because of false information in their background check–hiring managers pass over applications, often without asking questions.

  • Sometimes these errors are slight discrepancies which can be honest mistakes. For example, dates of employment history on a resume may not line up with government records.
  • Other times, however, these errors may be resulting from the fast growing crime of identity theft. Individuals can go extended periods of time without knowing their identity has been compromised and serious offenses may be held under their name.

Do you know what they know? Take the proactive step to make sure your background is accurate and that your resume lines up with public records. To help graduates, we have a free resume check for you to see issues to address before potential employers check your background. From there, you can decide to do a more thorough background check if you prefer. In any event, it is important to be aware of your information, digital footprint and how this can influence your job search.

Best of luck!


ADP National Employment Report (graphic)

Check out this infographic from last month regarding U.S. national employment. What do you think?