Many people are interested in finding out what information background checks can provide about them. Specifically, employment-related background checks are the most common type of background check, where you can expect your employment history to be revealed. These usually take place when you apply for a job, but you might be screened as a current employee as well.
Several different methods are combined to do a screening, from a full search of databases with publicly available information to personal references. As there are various records and datasets to use, the type of search used will determine the information that ultimately shows up.
More on Employment Checks
Generally, an employment background check covers identity and employment history verification, as well as a check for criminal records. Depending on the position you’re applying for, it might include a credit check or a view of your driving record. Your prospective employer might also include education verification if they want to confirm your education and other credentials.
Background checks can reveal that someone committed a crime. Worse still, the crime might be relevant to their potential employer during the application process. Typically, an employer will not hire someone convicted of a relevant crime because they want to avoid liability down the line.
A company faces negligent hiring accusations if one of its employees commits a crime and it’s determined they should have been aware of this risk. In addition, criminal record checks reveal offenses committed on different levels, including county, state, and national.
Among the additional checks, a job candidate might also be subjected to are reference checks and drug testing.
The most basic kind of check involves verifying someone’s identity. Typically, the background screening company will look through the Department of Homeland Security’s records, Social Security Administration and other databases. This is done to check whether the Social Security number has been used in the past, if it’s valid, and who it belongs to.
Moreover, ID verification is conducted to confirm a physical address. To check for inaccuracies, the company will cross-reference most information a job candidate provides.
Bankruptcy and Other Judgments
A bankruptcy check will show if someone has filed for bankruptcy in the past. If it’s determined they have, it may also reveal the type filed, the person’s address, name, and Social Security number, the county, the attorney, the state of filing, and the docket number. It might also show asset amounts, the release date, civil filings, type of lien where applicable, as well as any other judgments.
Boats and Aircraft
Each state has data on boats and other vessels owned by people or companies. In cases where ownership needs to be established, it’s possible to get this information from the cognizant court. Moreover, all boat title information is publicly accessible.
Aircraft is registered by the Federal Aviation Administration. This information is similar to motor vehicle information.
If you’ve earned special certificates or hold a specific license, someone might choose to look into this. A professional license check will confirm the type and status of the certificate or license, the date of issue and expiration, and other information available from the agency or licensing institution.
A number of institutions will carry out electronic surveillance of entities to document the activities and interactions they’re involved in. Furthermore, detectives use such documentation frequently. This involves using devices such as TV, radio, and wiretaps to monitor phone, email, and social media use. The legality of such background checks is currently a subject of dispute.