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10.06.2019 : News

How to prepare for a background check

Employers who conduct background checks on their candidates want to confirm certain information about them and make certain that they will be a good fit for the company and not pose any risk to their organization.

If you are in the top tier of candidates to fill a position, the hiring manager may want to conduct a background check before hiring you. Your work experience, education, references, verification of identity, criminal history or any relevant verification to the position you applied for may be reviewed as part of this process.

If you want to land the position, you should do everything possible to be adequately prepared for this potential situation. Find out how.

Update your CV and online information

Candidates who know that they will have to undergo a background check should first update their resume and ensure that it contains only accurate information. More and more applicants enhance subtle parts of their resume, like the dates of work or their position title, but you should know that that information will be verified during a background check. Lying about your professional and academic background, even if it seems like a small, insignificant exaggeration for you, may be the determining factor to disqualify you for the position.

It is better to be very specific when reporting your education, professional titles or previous titles and responsibilities. Even stretching employment dates is considered as serious misconduct, causing your application to lose value and damaging to your reputation.

You should also pay special attention to your LinkedIn profile. Hiring managers often check candidates’ personal profiles on social networks. Make sure that your profile information matches the information you provided in your resume.

Prepare your references for the background check process

As part of a background check process, most potential employers will request references from managers or superiors. If you want to make sure that everything goes well, you should be able to provide a few different references that meet their requirements.

The best way to ensure that the references contacted will provide relevant information is to provide the names of people you have worked with recently so that they can answer questions based on your current abilities and performance.

Naturally, you should also confirm that your references agree to be contacted before submitting their names to a potential employer.

Be transparent about your criminal history

If you have a criminal record or a stain on your driving record, you should inquire about the information you will need to disclose.

For example, you will need to disclose the crimes you have been convicted of, but not those for which you were officially pardoned. In Canada you should not mention matters you were not convicted of.

If you have a criminal record, Sometimes it is best to be upfront about it with your recruiter and explain the circumstances. If you do not, you should expect to be questioned about it.

Know your rights with respect to background checks

Background checks conducted by reputable organizations protect both employers and the applicants. In all cases and for all types of verifications, you will need to sign a consent form clearly explaining the various checks that will be performed and indicating who will have access to the information collected.

For example, an employer or a screening organization should not ask questions about private life (health and family situation). In the event that one of your references does provide this type of information, the potential employer will not have the right to use it in their decision-making process.

If you are well prepared, your chances of being hired will increase

In conclusion, if you want to maximize your chances of being hired, it is worth preparing as best you can for a background check. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises and your potential employer will be able to verify what a great candidate you are for the position.

For more information about background checks and the screening methods used, please contact the most reliable Canadian background check provider on the market: Mintz Global Screening.

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