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What to Expect From a Pre-Employment Background Check

Have you recently encountered background checks by employers during your job search? If you’re actively seeking a new job, you’ve likely learned that many industries require background checks for candidates as part of the hiring process. Employers often utilize different types of background checks depending on their needs, such as the type of job to which you’re applying or the location. As you’re completing applications, here’s what you can expect from a pre-employment background check:

What is a background check?

A background check is the process of verifying somebody’s personal and private records, a procedure most often completed upon employment. Background checks are a standard part of many companies’ hiring procedures in which candidates’ information is verified by inspection of criminal records, employment history, work authorization, education, social media profiles, and driving records, among other types of records.

When is a background check needed?

Typically, background checks are conducted for certain kinds of jobs, especially those that require the handling of finances or highly sensitive information. For employment purposes, background checks are primarily done to verify any criminal records and employment history. Though background checks can occur at any time during the application or hiring process, they happen most frequently once a contingent job offer has been made.

How can you prepare?

While there isn’t a whole lot of preparation involved with a background check, there are some things you can do to ensure the process goes smoothly. It’s helpful to gather records of your academic history and past employment, including transcripts, diplomas, and pay stubs. You may need to provide these records upon request for the background check. It’s also a good idea to have contact information on hand for past employers and references that may be required for certain employment applications.


A thorough understanding of the background check process will help you prepare for your job search and fulfill the application requirements of many employers. You’ll know what to expect from background checks as you consider different employment opportunities!


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Until Next Time,


Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant

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Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.