The vast majority of employers can’t afford to take applicants’ word for it when they say they’re trustworthy. It might seem harsh, but there’s too much at stake when hiring a new employee. That’s why up to 98% of businesses run background checks on all job candidates.
While job seekers may be familiar with the background check process, it can be hard to understand why different businesses look for different things on background reports. If you’re convicted of a crime or have a note on your record affecting your ability to do a job, you could be flagged by that company.
Businesses may respond differently to the same background report, so it can be helpful to know how certain aspects of your report may affect your job search. No one can really “fail” a background check, but a report can fail to meet the requirements of a specific employer. Inform yourself before your next job search with this guide on how to manage 5 common background check red flags.
A Criminal Record
One of the most common screenings employers use is criminal background screening. This may be concerning to anyone with a criminal history, but employers must take the nature of a crime into consideration before making any employment decisions.
Some industries like security, education or elder care do want a completely clear record because employees will work with vulnerable populations. If an applicant’s conviction is not relevant to a job’s requirements, however, the majority of employers will give the applicant the chance to explain their record.
In some cases, employers can see an applicant’s credit report as part of their background check. Generally, your credit history won’t impact your chances of getting hired. It will only if you apply for a job to manage the company’s finances or credit.
A few speeding tickets or parking infractions won’t be a red flag to most employers. However, not every business looks at applicants’ driving histories. An employer will likely only look at your driving record if you will need to operate a vehicle for the job. Be aware of your driving history if you know driving will be part of the job requirements.
Background checks can show employers an applicant’s verified employment history with dates of employment, job titles and more. Therefore, it is in your best interest to be completely honest on your resume.
Some businesses may require applicants to pass drug and alcohol tests before they can be hired. Many employees in civil service, public schools, road construction and law enforcement must pass drug and alcohol tests to work.
Applicants have lots of rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) to protect them at all stages of hiring. If you think you have been removed from consideration for a position unfairly, you are free to dispute your background report. That’s how to manage 5 common background check red flags. For more, reach out to One Source Client Relations to learn about your rights under the FCRA.