As the economy slowly starts to tick and businesses begin to re-open, companies will inevitably begin to hire. In this article, we discuss the methods behind background checks as well as how to prepare for them.
so what is a background check?
They’re not designed to try and catch you out but used to make sure you’re the right fit for the company you are applying to. Information is gathered from various sources such as courts, schools, referees, and previous employers which all provide information about yourself.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a special folder with your name on it that holds all of your information so they’re not as quick as you may think! Other factors which can lengthen the process are down to how much work history you have and what information your prospective employer wants to check. For example, if you’ve lived at many different addresses and had many previous jobs then this will affect the time a background check will take.
how to prepare for a background check
Don’t be alarmed if your potential employer mentions running a background check, it’s a good sign! If a company is willing to take the time in learning more about yourself then you’re one step closer to being hired!
In 2020 most companies will perform background checks so it’s always good to be prepared. If you’re proactive and already have what they’re asking for then the process will be far more efficient AND it looks good from the employer's perspective.
below we’ve listed what you can prepare for:
- have your documents ready; ID, national insurance number, proof of your right to work (e.g. passport), employment history, address history, education.
- are there employment gaps? Be ready to be questioned about the gaps in your employment history and give reasons for the gaps.
- what’s on your social media? Don’t get caught out by posting content on the internet which doesn’t reflect your best self. Imagine not getting the job you want because of something you shared on social media