The thought of a background check terrifies people- naturally. It does not matter whether you have a criminal record or not. Somehow, this instills fear in people. However, it is often a precautionary measure. Every employer will want to know what you have been up to in the past before they can give you a job. It is not only the government offices that ask for your history even the Fortune 500 and some startup businesses will want to know what kind of person you are.
You probably know all that already, but what shows up in a background check? In all honesty a background check will have a plentiful amount of information concerning your behavior, achievements and activities over a given period of time. There are some organizations that will go into the deep details and find details from close to twenty years ago. If you are not applying for a job in the CIA or any intelligence service, you need not worry about this. Most corporations will look at details from the past three to ten years ago.
What can you expect in the results?
There are some things that will obviously be in your background check. One of such is your education background. There is no reason why you should lie that you studied in Harvard University and you have never set foot near the institution. The names of all institutions you have attended, degrees awarded, GPA, date of enrolments, graduation dates, honors and majors are some of the details concerning your education background that will be present in the background check.
Employment history is also going to make a prominent appearance in the records. You are only going to be given that job if you have the relevant professional experience. To avoid hiring someone who does not have experience for a job, employers will want to know about your employment history. Where have you worked? How long did you work there? How much were you being paid? What titles did you hold while at that institution? These are some of the questions that will be answered by the background check.
Social Security Number check will also be part of the background check. The employer will want to verify that you are who you claim to be. Impersonation is a very common problem nowadays. This is why the SSN check is vital.
Finally, the information that you are probably scared will show up in your record will be criminal and civil court history. These used to be the original pre-employment background check details. They are still used today to weed out job candidates who are irrelevant. Are there outstanding wants and warrants that have been issued against you? Have you been convicted for any criminal activities? These are the details that you can expect to find in this section.
Generally, this is the information that will be present in the background checks. The check is usually conducted under the authorization of the employee. You have to give your employer a written authorization to conduct the check. The information they collect from this check will be used to check whether what you have told them about yourself is correct. Hence, it helps to be honest and upfront.
Michelle Morrison is a human resource manager with more than thirty years of experience in the field. One of the questions she gets from prospective employees is what shows up in a background check? She has had to assure several of them that there is no private information that is shared.