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What do employers look for in an employment background check?

What Shows Up On A Background Check For Employment?

A Background Check is designed to show discrepancies
A Background Check shows the discrepancies between a candidate's claims and information obtained from independent sources such as criminal and civil courts, prior employers, educational institutions, and government agencies.

What information shows up on the reports
Common information that shows up on employment background checks:
  • County Criminal Records Check - felony criminal history information if any, misdemeanor or infraction information may also appear
  • Education Verification - dates of attendance and graduation, degrees or certifications obtained are the most common - majors studied, GPA, and honors received may also show
  • Employment History Verification - an applicant’s job title, tenure, reasons for leaving and eligibility for rehire are common - salary may be given
  • Social Security Number Scan - names and addresses associated with a particular Social Security Number are the most often reported - the report also may show if a Social Security Number is valid, when it was issued, and where it was issued
  • Motor Vehicle Report - the driver's license status - traffic violations, failures to appear, and unpaid fines may show on the report
  • National Wants and Warrants Search - outstanding warrants (generally those issued for extraditable offenses)
  • Sex Offender Registry Check - shows if an applicant is registered as a convicted sex offender

For more about what can appear on background checks, see Examples of Discrepancies Found on Background Checks.

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