Employee Background Check FAQs

By HireRight

What’s in an Employee Background Check?

Many employers in the United States, large and small, conduct some form of an employment background check on their job applicants.  As more organizations outside the U.S. look for ways to mitigate workplace risk and implement best practices, adoption of background checking is growing around the world. In some cases, background checks (commonly referred to as background “screens”) are required by regulators in industries such as transportation, health care and financial services.  Generally, background checks are conducted by employers to verify the information you provide them, both to identify the most qualified candidates for the position and to help ensure a safe workplace.

In our experience, these are some of the most common background checks conducted by employers. Take a closer look at each to better understand what they are and how to be a step ahead in preparing for the screening process.  Keep in mind that background checks vary from employer to employer.

  • Criminal Record History Check
  • Employment Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Sanctions Checks
  • Motor Vehicle Records Check
  • Credit Checks
  • Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Drug Testing

The process of a background check for employment in the US is regulated by federal and applicable state laws. The laws address both the information that can be reported by the screening company (or “consumer reporting agencies”), and what the employer must do in order to request a background report and when they want to make a no-hire or other adverse decision based on the resulting background report.

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