Pre-Employment Searches- What You Can Find Out

Most pre-employment background check screenings are done to verify information that the prospective employee has already provided.  A background search is usually the easiest- and fastest- way to determine whether or not an applicant has the requisite experience, education, and qualifications to join your business as an employee.  For example, many employers use background checks to verify college degree information, professional certifications, eligibility to work in the U.S., and other information.

Employee background checks can cover some or all of the following areas:

  • Social Security number verification
  • Criminal background checks
  • Civil judgment reports
  • Driving records
  • Credit reports
  • Education and degree verification
  • Employment verification
  • Workers compensation and unemployment claim history

A Social Security number and address search is the most basic method of verifying a person’s identity.  Though much of the above information is technically public record, it is often easier to hire an employment screening agency to find- criminal background checks in several different states or counties can be time consuming if you don’t have experience performing them. 

You will likely be required to notify the prospective employee if you plan on obtaining some of the above information.  For example, the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires any entity requesting a credit report on behalf of a party to notify the person whose report is requested.  For practical purposes, employment background checks are also easier if you request certain information from the prospective employee, such as a social security number.  

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