What’s in an Employment Verification?

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Employers may verify employment history as part of the employee background check to confirm the work experience you have conveyed to them and to be sure you have the professional background and appropriate work experience required for the position. An employer will typically verify job titles, start and end dates for each job, and will sometimes check on salary and job duties. An employer may also ask for the reason for termination and whether the applicant is eligible for rehire.

Employers become very concerned when an applicant claims he or she has years of experience that they do not, or when an applicant misrepresents their past titles, achievements or responsibilities. These are examples of the kinds of discrepancies that could come up in the background check which may indicate to employers that the applicant is being intentionally dishonest. Discrepancies between the information provided by the applicant and returned by the screening company generally will be noted on the background report. Therefore, during the hiring process it’s best to provide employers with the most accurate information possible regarding your employment history to avoid any potential inconsistencies and to avoid a delay in processing the report.

To verify your employment history, the background screening company generally contacts your previous employers (or their representatives) directly to confirm the information you provided. If the background screening company is not able to verify your information via the previous employer, then the background screening company may ask you to provide a W-2 or other document as proof of your work history. It’s a good idea to have these documents readily available as you go through a background check in case this situation arises, particularly if you know, for example, that your former employer is out of business.


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