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Applicants that have applied for a job, or are going for a job interview, probably will be asked to go through a routine background check. Alike resumes, applications and interviews, background checks have become another important mission for hiring authorities. Although employment background checks have become a crucially important task of a hiring process, a lot of job seekers still confusingly come up with countless misconceptions about this pivotal component, and how it works. Here are the most usual misconceptions you should sidestep of your head before attending your next interview.

Background checks are simply to verify criminal history. 
People usually think that background check is run simply to check the applicant's criminal history. No, don't link up background check with a criminal background check. Criminal history is not the only thing to run checks on, rather the applicant's civil and credit history, driving records, etc. can also be pulled up. Employers can also verify the applicant's educational background, previous job history, and also professional certifications the person may have. Most importantly background checks also include the drug test.

References can control the words of background checks.  
Yes, professional references do help applicants the chances of employment, but reference checks are just a miniature part of background screenings. Reference praising doesn't mean that the employer would skip the rest of checks. Hiring professionals would still pull up the applicant's credit history, criminal history and much more.

Hiring authorities can be misguided by lying about previous job title, salary and employment duration. 
Many job seekers set up fancy resume believing it is necessary to compete in today's crowded job market. This is a major misconception. Background screening also includes employment verification, where the hiring authorities can contact the respective authorities of the applicant's previous job to verify his/her job title, employment duration, and salary. False words about any of this information, means getting flagged as a liar.

Applicants cannot fight back against check results. 
Usually, applicants, while being disqualified on the basis of background check, believe that they cannot fight back and ask the reason for being rejected. It is the interviewee's fundamental right to ask "why." And the respective person has to provide the copy of background check that led to the applicant's disqualification. Of course, the report won't be of any help to apply for the next job, but it can certainly be of a good help to identify any false information cropping up on the background check, and thus the applicant should fix the error before applying for next job interview.

Social media profiles are not allowed to check by hiring authorities. 
Again a misconception! Social media background checks aren't yet illegal. Yes, no company is allowed to victimize an interviewee on the basis of information they are not allowed to know; i.e. age, race, and religion. This information cannot be verified without going online. This discriminatory information is not the thing hiring managers look for. Rather, online background checks are run to hunt for irreligious comments, inappropriate photos, or any other thing that might flag the person risky for the company reputation. In easy words, applicants should clean up their social media profiles before applying for a job.

All background check agencies endow with similar information. 
False! As a matter of fact, different criminal history registries are spread throughout various areas all through the country. Moreover, all our reports from our driving history to our civil court records are scattered similarly. This means one background check may differ from another. Also, different employers will use different background screening agencies to run the checks. And yes, each agency will run the check differently.

Nothing else but the applicants can/should run background checks on themselves. This would be the smartest thing. As worded above, every background checks differ. Not necessary the applicant's self-check will reflect the professional employment screening. But, it will certainly help him/her to find out any inaccurate information mounting up in the records.

In a nutshell, above listed are a few usual background check misconceptions. If you are up to apply for a new job, don't miss out the job just for not understanding how employment background checks work. Learn it carefully so that you can understand what you are close to while going in for your dream job interview.  This will get you a peace of mind and a better chance of getting appointed.