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The Background Checks Guide
Jobseekers are understandably concerned about making a good impression during the application and interviews processes. They will invest a substantial amount of time tweaking their resumes, practicing their responses to common interview questions, and obsessing over their choice of outfits for the big moment. In short, they want to have as much control as possible over how they come across to employers. However, while a job interview is an opportunity for a fresh start with a different employer, the truth is that first impressions are only part of the equation. As much as we would like to put our best foot forward during the application and interview process, employers aren’t likely to let your resume and interviews tell the entire story.
That’s because, when we want to make the best impression, we often neglect to talk about some details. That’s why nearly two-thirds of employers utilize some form of background checks during the hiring process. Although employment background checks most often focus on determining whether or not an applicant has a criminal record, employers often use background checks for other purposes, as well. For example, certain positions are required by law to utilize background checks on all applicants because they involve working with children or the elderly. Many employers also conduct background checks because they want to be certain that applicants are not misrepresenting their credentials or qualifications. In some cases, employers use background checks to indemnify themselves in the event that an employee’s actions lead to physical harm or property damage. To learn more about the practice of conducting background checks, view the comprehensive guide below.
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About the Author
Christian Moore is COO at Global Verification Network. He has more than 20 years of investigative and business experience with competencies including surveillance, competitive intelligence, pre-employment and course-of-employment background screening.
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