There’s been a great new trend among job seekers conducting personal background checks on themselves so that they can find out what prospective employers might find when they run their own employment background check. Business Insider recently published a great article on the benefits of personal background checks and warned that,
“While most job seekers spend hours polishing their resume and choosing their interview attire, most don’t give much thought to background checks. But ignoring what might pop up on a criminal or credit background check is a mistake that could spell the end of your dream job.”
Knowing the information that will turn up on an employee background check can ease the concerns many job candidates have about the process, identify problematic information, or highlight inaccurate data that needs correcting. Some do it because they know they have got a ghost or two in their closet and they wonder if it will turn up. Others know they don’t have anything to hide but have heard enough horror stories about shoddy employee background checks which reveal criminal records that belong to someone else with the same name. And many want to know what past employers might say if contacted by or on behalf of a prospective employer.