6 Common Misconceptions About Employment Background Checks

Myth #1: Employers are only looking to see if your resume is accurate; Myth #2: You can lie about how much you made at previous jobs. A prospective employer can ask your former employer or request copies of your W-2 forms. Myth #3: Employers simply call the references you provide. An employer may choose to conduct their own background check or to use an agency. Myth #4: Anything you’ve ever done is going to show up in a background check; Myth #5: A negative finding automatically means you won’t get the job. Just because something unfavorable shows up in a background check doesn’t mean you won’t get hired. Myth #6: As a job seeker, you’re powerless. An employer must receive your written permission to conduct a background check before even beginning the process.

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