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When you initiate a job hunt you tend to spend most of your time and effort on submitting resumes, acing networking events and improving your interview skills. During the process many jobseekers often forget about the pre employment background check which is a crucial part of the selection procedure.

A pre employment background check reveals a lot about an employee which helps the employer take his decision on selecting the right person for his company.

For example if the verification shows that you have many due payments or you are irresponsible with money, they might take it as a liability. Similarly a criminal record indicates a candidate might be prone to violence. Employers use the verification process to safeguard themselves from negligent hiring.

In this blog I will be discussing about the things that pre employment background verification reveals about a candidate.

Before getting into details of the topic let us just have a look at the things that background verification cover during the procedure

- Criminal background and History (state, county, and city)
- Credit history
- Employment history
- Work authorization
- Educational background (high school, university, etc.)
- Social networking profiles
- Driving record
- Medical history (restrictions apply)

There are many types of background checks available and different cities and states have different laws regarding it. Employers choose reports based on their needs, the kind of job you have applied for and its location.

What type of information can an employer get during a background check?

Your overall impression on your employer depends on the things like your employment history, credit report, driving records and criminal background. If an employer appoints a third party to conduct the verification, the Fair Credit Reporting Act ensures its validity. You will be notified by a potential employer in written form to seek your consent for the verification.

1. Verification of employment history
Employment verification is performed to confirm the experience you have mentioned in your resume is authentic, including the name of the companies, job title and salary. If possible state the contact details of your previous employers and avoid adding any fake information to your résumé.

2. Credit checks
Credit check reports contain your personal information including your address, social security number, previous address and financial details like credit card, sudden loan debt, car payments, mortgages, defaulted loan and late payments. You can easily get your free report once every 12 months. Major bureaus that offer employers credit reports are Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion.

3. Criminal background check
The report of criminal background check depends on the state rules. There are some states that do not give permission to ask questions about incidents that occurred at a certain point of time in the past.

Contact your state department of labor to get details of what an employer is allowed to check. It has been mentioned by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that you cannot be denied employment only on the basis of your criminal record. The employer needs to examine the nature of the crime and how it is relevant to the job.

Prudent employers prefer background verification of a candidate to make sure that they have chosen the right candidate for the job. The checking policies come in different shapes and sizes. Few companies go for a detailed check up whereas few perform simple verification. No matter what you need to be prepared for the procedure. You can take the following steps to stay prepared before an interview

- Get copies of records 
- Tell only the truth in your resume
- Keep your financial issues clear
- Check your social media profiles, blogs and websites 
- Tell your past colleagues and friends that they might be approached to answer questions about you.