More and more companies are turning to background checks in order to find out more about the applicant. This entirely legal research is designed to give the employer an idea about whether or not you are who you say you are. You are who you say you are, aren’t you?
Something like 400% of applicants lie on their resume. That’s a pretty incredible fake number. As more and more companies start to use background checks, the importance of being honest on your resume increases greatly.
Why Background Checks?
Employers do background checks for the following reasons:
- Identity Check – there are a variety of reasons that employers want to make sure you are you, but for immigration reasons, stolen identities, etc., there is an even greater risk for the employer if they hire someone that is not who they say they are.
- Criminal History – If you have one of these, that’s bad.
- Lawsuits – Employers that hire people that represent a physical or financial danger to the company risk getting sued by those that are hurt by that employee. Many laws are designed to blame businesses for the acts of the employee.
- Security Clearance – You cannot give a high sensitivity job to someone with a criminal past. Especially with government jobs and jobs in banks, security should be the number one priority, and any history of wrongdoing is a good indicator that it may happen again.
- Lies – People lie. Background checks can uncover some of these lies. Claiming you worked for an employer at a job you did not ever hold is going to get you caught.
- Credit Check – Your credit score may be somewhat out of your control, but if you are applying to a job that deals with a lot of money, your credit score represents more information for the hiring manager.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons that employers do background checks. Ideally, you come out clean. Sometimes you don’t. The only things you can do to prepare are to make sure that you don’t have anything incorrect on your record and make sure you don’t lie on your resume. Otherwise, background checks are one aspect of your interview that you cannot change.
Take Away Interview Tip
- If you have a history of stealing money, don’t apply to a bank.