Asked by Ashley on April 22, 2015
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on April 22, 2015
Typically the background check is the same as it would be for anyone else who is being hired. As a general rule most companies - especially medium to larger sized companies will look at education, criminal history, previous employment and sometimes even credit history. Most often you must also successfully pass a drug test. On average a criminal check will go back 7 years, education is verified for all levels you list on your resume/application and verify that you actually worked at the previous employers listed.
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on April 23, 2015
In my experience, this will depend greatly on the company doing the hiring, where the company is located, and the type of department you will be working in. Some smaller companies might not run background checks at all, but I’d say most companies probably do complete at least a criminal check for all new hires.
Typically, a criminal background check is conducted on everyone (7 years’ worth), plus a verification of education, and a verification of past employment. The verification of education may include a verification of any special credentials or certificates, including your high school diploma or GED. The verification of past employment may include only your most recent employer, your most recent three employers, or perhaps 5 years’ worth of employment. It all depends on their process.
A drug screen may or may not be part of the process, too, as well as a credit check (if you will be working in a Finance Department, for example) or a Motor Vehicle Report (if you will be driving a company car for any reason).
If you are concerned about any component of the background check and the possibility that the results could prevent you from being hired, it’s a good idea to talk to your recruiter about it, or the Hiring Manager. Your best bet is to be honest, since many companies have policies in place which allow them to hire people with different sorts of backgrounds for different positions, and you may indeed be qualified for the role and able to be hired without any problems.
It’s not a good idea, however, to be dishonest during any portion of the application process. Make sure you are filling out your forms honestly and accurately! That’s important.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on April 24, 2015
Most companies will conduct background checks of some kind on their new hires. These checks usually consist of verifying your identity (i.e. does your name match with your social security number), verifying your previously listed employment (only checking if you worked where you said you did, when you said you did - not a verification of salary or performance), verifying your education, conducting a criminal background check (usually over the last 7 years), and confirming that you are not on any kind of law enforcement 'watch' lists. The most important thing to remember is to be honest and up front and disclose anything appropriate. More often than not, job offers are rescinded not becuase of what was discovered on the background check, but because of the fact that it was not disclosed.
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Praxair, Inc., on May 15, 2015
The background check process can sometimes vary depending on the company as well as the business sector and position that you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying to work for a government organization you may be required to go through a more stringent screening process; if you are applying to be a truck driver your background check will include your DMV records.
For an Administrative Assistant position, the background check will most likely consist of a Social Security Number verification, Education verification, Employment verification and Criminal Background Check. Some companies will also include a Credit Check on their background screening process.
Remember that you are held accountable for whatever information you enter into the background check system – It is important to be completely honest and upfront. Most job offers are contingent upon a satisfactorily completed background check. If you have reason for concern that something may come up in your background check, you should disclose it.