How Can You Prepare For Your Background Check?

As a job seeker, you may have to undergo a background check during the hiring process. Think of it generally as a verification or confirmation process of information that you have already provided to the employer and potentially a review of public records about you (for example your financial standing, criminal records or potentially any media articles about you). A background check helps ensure that the information you’ve provided to your potential or current employer is accurate so that they can determine if you are a good fit for the position.

Here’s how you can prepare for your background check.

  • Have a copy of your CV handy, along with the best phone number and email address for HireRight to contact you at if they have questions regarding the information that you’ve provided.
  • Research your own history, including employment dates, job titles and salaries, so that you are able to provide complete and accurate information to HireRight if asked.
  • In case universities, colleges or past employers don’t have records available to confirm your background history, locate documents in advance and collect supporting documentation such as past payslips, contract copies, and degree certificates.
  • Be prepared to provide your current and past addresses, as well as your ID number(s) in some instances.
  • You may also need to provide copies of documents. This is dependent upon the checks that are required but may include ID documents such as passport or ID card, proof of address such as a utility bill, and documents supporting your employment or academic history as outlined above.

Please be honest and as accurate as possible when providing your information. Employers may withdraw their job offer if you are found to be dishonest.