Is it Worth Doing Your Own Background Check During a Job Search

Is it Worth Doing Your Own Background Check During a Job Search

The current Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically altered the way people do business. Given the tentative state of the economy, this year’s business motto seems to be, “do better with less”. Accordingly, employers are taking stringent measures to weed out bad hires for critical roles, through effective pre-employment screenings.

In this scenario, is it worth it for job candidates to conduct a background check on themselves? And if so, how does one go about it? Read on to discover the answer to these pressing questions.

Information uncovered through a background check

A typical background check will expose the following information about job candidates:

  • Criminal background, including juvenile records
  • Credit history
  • Authentication of professional background, including previous companies, work tenure, job titles, industry certification, etc.
  • Authentication of personal background, including educational accomplishments

If you have any possible cause for concern in these areas, it is best to discover problem areas through a background screening and address them upfront.


5 reasons to run a background check

Smart job candidates are prepared with their background check information, as employers are likely to have this information before the final interview. But even if you are not interviewing for a job, here are 5 solid reasons to run a background check on yourself.

  1. Authenticate your identity.
  2. Protection from identity theft
  3. Awareness of non-expunged juvenile records
  4. Validate professional and personal facts as per your resume
  5. Forewarned is forearmed

Is it even possible doing your own background check during a job search?

The information gathered by a Google search will be vastly different from the detailed information uncovered by a certified background-screening company. For this reason, it is best to work with an expert that adheres to state-specific FCRA guidelines. (Some screening companies will not facilitate self-triggered screenings.)

Also, you will need to provide the following information for optimized results.

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Existing address
  • Educational qualifications, certifications, if any
  • Past employment history, if any

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