Video:How to Prepare for a Background Checkwith Charity Jordan
Prepare for a background check so that you know exactly what potential employers will find when they research you. Watch this About.com video to learn how to prepare for a background check.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Prepare for a Background Check
Hi I'm Charity Jordan, founder of Playclass Atlanta, for About.com and I want to tell you how to prepare for a background check.
Be Honest to Prepare for Background Checks
A background check can be extremely helpful to employers in making sure the hiring process is as transparent as possible. However, for some of us, that transparency can reveal glaring flaws that affect our chances at winning the job. Being honest in your job interview about potential weaknesses or skeletons in your closet is the best way to prepare for your background check.
Know Your Rights to Prepare for Background Checks
Also, know your rights. Employers will never know everything in your background, but if you know what information is fair game, you can take action to address it when possible. Employers can verify your educational background, physical address and some aspects of your financial history. For example, in the financial services industry, credit scores are often checked. If you have information on your credit report that is incorrect, getting a copy of your report and disputing the errors is essential before you start your job search.
Notify References to Prepare for Background Checks
A final step you can take to prepare for your background check is to notify your references. They will do a much better job of communicating your good qualities on the spot if they know to expect calls from potential employers. Thanks for watching. For more information, visit About.com.