A background check is another way for an employer to see if you’re the right person for the job. It allows an employer to find out if there are any major problems in your history.
If an employer requires a background check as a condition of employment, which would not be unusual, you’ll be asked to sign a consent form to allow them to conduct it. The extent of a background check depends on the job and may include criminal history, credit report, verifying your previous employers, education and references, driving record, and drug tests. CareerBuilder offers these 10 Things to Know About Background Checks.
If you think something concerning may come up during the course of a background check, be proactive and request a copy of your own Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) just to make sure nothing is there that shouldn’t be – sometimes mistakes are made! If there is something on your CORI that shouldn’t be there, contact a legal aid organization to help straighten it out. Here’s another great CORI resource to learn more!