Checking – Truth or Consequences
You have the
perfect experience, you know the industry and you have a
strong recommendation from an inside manager in the
company you want to join. What could go wrong?
Plenty, if you
haven’t been truthful in all of the questions you
answered on the application form. The Background Check
is becoming more common and more thorough as
security-conscious employers want to avoid hiring people
with questionable or unacceptable items in their
If employees are discovered later to
have criminal convictions or other serious issues, the
company’s reputation and business may be affected. With
US Homeland Security initiatives and the strict
regulations associated with them, greater scrutiny is
normal, and the consequences of lying or omitting
information can be severe for the employer.
So what can you
expect? The better background verification firms will
investigate your employment record, including hiring
manager references. In addition, there is often a
Driver’s abstract check and Criminal check done
for employees who are involved in the
movement of freight across the border.
You may be asked
to provide your social insurance or social security number as well to
ensure that no one is using your number unlawfully for
procuring a passport or other critical identification.
credit check may be done to see if you would present a
higher risk in a position of trust, or if you could
potentially be bribed due to vulnerabilities in your
financial affairs. You need to be proactive in verifying
your own history.
Equifax, the two major credit reporting agencies,
frequently contain updated employer
information. So, if you think you should leave an
employer off your resume or list of past positions for
whatever reasons, remember
that even if you didn’t intend to deceive the potential
employer by leaving out certain past employment, you may
be perceived as hiding details of your employment history, and the position may then be offered to someone else.
surprises, obtain a copy of your credit history. The
information in it may need updating. Past credit
problems that you have since resolved, wrong contact
info, and other details may be missing or incomplete. You
owe it to yourself to know what your credit history contains.
To find out how
to obtain credit history information:
Transunion: http://www.transunion.com Equifax: http://www.equifax.com
You may be able obtain a copy of your report
online once you have passed their respective identity verification
employers can verify credit/criminal information if
they have obtained your written consent in the form of a
release. This may be a separate form, or incorporated
into the employment application. Once you have signed
the release, the employer has the right to proceed to
check those areas indicated in the text of the release agreement.
offer of employment may be made which means that if you
pass the background check, a formal offer will be made
to you. This is a way for the employer to indicate their
intent to hire you while still having the option to
rescind the conditional offer if you don’t pass their scrutiny.
Take steps to ensure that there are no surprises; don’t take
chances with your credibility, ensure that you have verifiable, factual
information in your credit file, and avoid unwanted and unforeseen consequences.
Background verification firms reviewed: Top 10