Jobseekers are understandably concerned about making a good impression during the application and interviews processes. They will invest a substantial amount of time tweaking their resumes, practicing their responses to common interview questions, and obsessing over their choice of outfits for the big moment. In short, they want to have as much control as possible over how they come across to employers. However, while a job interview is an opportunity for a fresh start with a different employer, the truth is that first impressions are only part of the equation. As much as we would like to put our best foot forward during the application and interview process, employers aren’t likely to let your resume and interviews tell the entire story. More and more companies are making background checks part of their interview process.
I have received results from background checks that helped me avoid a potential hiring mistake. Basic reference checks are not enough when you want to invest in the right person. Or, avoid making a potentially costly mistake.
As a candidate, are there steps you can take to make your background check go smoother?
To learn more about how to prepare for a background check, view the guide below.
Christian Moore is COO at Global Verification Network. He has more than 20 years of investigative and business experience with competencies including surveillance, competitive intelligence, pre-employment and course-of-employment background screening.