An employment background check can seem intimidating. At GoodHire, we make the process as easy and transparent as possible.
Here’s how to get ready:
Gather The Information You’ll Need
You’ll finish the background check process faster if you have the right information at your fingertips.
The most common information required on background checks includes:
That’s really about all you’ll need for a background check to be run. There are a few additional things you can consider, though, especially if you’re concerned that the background check will show something that could be a red flag for employers.
Consider Running A Personal Background Check
When you run your own background check, you have a chance to see what an employer will see. A personal background check will tell you if:
These kinds of alerts on your background check act as a red flag for hiring managers and may delay or jeopardize their decision to hire you.
You’ll also be able to spot any inaccuracies and take steps to correct them.
You might also consider requesting a copy of your credit report (you can get one free every year). Some employers do run credit checks on certain employees. (See The Difference Between Employment & Personal Credit Checks.)
If You Have A Criminal Record, Be Ready To Explain It
If you have a criminal record, have a plan for how you will bring this up with a potential employer.
Whether you run a personal background check or an employer runs one on you through GoodHire, you’ll be able to add comments about your record directly to your background check results. These comments can give employers a more complete picture of what happened and what you’ve done since the offense.
Taking a little extra time to gather the information needed in advance, running your own background check, and preparing comments about your results helps you get set for success.
Disclaimer: 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.