Background checks look for different results and cover different lengths of time. Learn about the length of history that can be checked legally and used compliantly.
Learn About Employment Background Checks
An employment background check can seem intimidating. At GoodHire, we make the process as easy and transparent as possible. Here’s how to prepare for a background check.
Every candidate’s history is different, and there are different turnaround times for different types of background checks. Some can take a few hours, or a few days, and sometimes longer.
Get an overview of what a criminal background check is, what shows up, and how they’re used as part of a fair, compliant employment screening process.
Background checks play an important role in the hiring process. That’s why it’s critical to look for any mistakes or incomplete information in your background check results.
Know Your Background Check Rights
Job candidates have rights during the employment background check process. The federal FCRA and “A Summary of Your Rights” document clearly lays them out.
Discover typical reference check questions and types of questions employers can legally ask their candidate’s professional references.
Ban the box laws affect both employers and job applicants, and more jurisdictions are passing them. Learn which states ban the box and how fair chance laws impact the hiring process.
Organizations Supporting Candidate Rights
Federal Trade Commission
An enforcer of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the FTC is a government agency that helps to protect consumers.
National Employment Law Project
NELP fights to support policies that help to expand work opportunities for everyone, and works with community organizations on advocacy campaigns.
CSG Justice Center
A non-profit organization that publishes resources related to reentry and sponsors the National Reentry Resource Center.
The resources provided here are for educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. If you have questions regarding your background check or a particular record we advise you consult legal counsel.