The outcome of background screening has a direct impact on whether an employee gets hired or not. However, the term ‘background screening’ covers a wideranging level of diligence, largely depending on the company and the industry it belongs to.
What shows up on a background check?
What shows up on a background check depends on the standards of the organisation. It depends on what the company deems important to investigate. For example, banks will do a criminal records check, identity checks,credit checks, and the corresponding licensure for financial advisers. In contrast, seasonal farmworkers just need to show up and be willing to do backbreaking work.
Do companies perform background checks before they offer you a job?
Not necessarily, no. There are companies that rely on a country’s regulating authority to conduct the necessary background screening for them. For example, if you are applying as a healthcare professional in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, you can get a job offer and be flown out to the country prior to accreditation and licensing of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS).
What would make someone fail a background check?
If you intentionally set out to deceive, you will certainly fail a background check. For example, you “exaggerated” and stated that you have a two-year experience when you really only had a 20-month tenure at a hospital before you resigned. Some authorities will not accept anything less than their stated standards. It’s better to be honest than to be inventive regarding your qualifications.
Do employers tell you if you fail a background check?
It would depend on the policy of a company and/or regulating authority. It would also depend on the severity of the case. Companies do understand that that honest mistakes can happen and it’s better to be upfront about things than to let a prospective employer find out about it via their background investigation.
Take control of your narrative
Start your relationship with a professional employer on the right foot and take control of your narrative by being honest about your background and acknowledging any lessons you have learned so far. Any mistakes you might have made in the past does not necessarily have to determine your success going forward.
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