Background Check Prep 101

Background Check Preparation 101

If you are a job seeker, you may have to undergo a background check during the hiring process. Undergoing a background check is usually a verification of information that you have already provided to the employer and potentially a review of public records about you. For example, if you included past education information on your resume, an employer may wish to conduct an Education Verification to verify that you have received the educational credentials you claim to possess.

A background check helps ensure that the information you’ve provided to your potential employer is accurate so that they can determine if you are a good fit for the position.

Here’s how you can prepare for your background check.

  • Have a copy of your resume along with the best contact phone number and email address for Accredited Background Checks to contact you if they have questions regarding the information that you’ve provided.
  • Research your own history, including employment dates, job titles and salaries, so that you are able to provide complete and accurate information to Accredited Background Checks if asked.
  • You can perform a personal background check to view your own public records history. This way you can contact the courts to rectify any inaccurate information that may pop up before your employer sees it.
  • In case schools or past employers don’t have records available to confirm your background history, locate transcripts or diplomas in advance and collect past paycheck stubs or W-2’s.
  • Be prepared to provide your current and past addresses, as well as your driver’s license number in some instances.
  • Please be as accurate as possible when providing your information. Employers may withdraw their job offer if you are found to be dishonest.
  • Know your rights. When employers run a background check using Accredited Drug Testing, they must notify you in writing and get your written consent. Usually results will come back in 3-5 business days.
  • If you have a criminal conviction on your record that could cost you a job, consider expungement. Different states have different laws on expungement but if you do your research and make a valid claim, having a clean record will automatically make you a more competitive applicant for most jobs.

Nowadays virtually every type of employer runs background checks on new hires so it is important to stay ahead of the curve and find out for yourself what may show up. Running a personal background check is the MOST preventative way of having an employer find some information about you that may be incorrect. Get ahead of it with Accredited Background Checks, Inc.


If you have any questions regarding background checks and our variety of screening options, please call (800)-441-2728.



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