If you’ve never had one before, a background check can cost you your job even if you’ve aced the interview. Most employers have them done these days before hiring someone. Here are several reasons why people fail their background checks. However, there is something you can do about it.
Having a criminal history is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of what will trigger a background check. It’s also the first thing people look for when performing one. Employers don’t care about things like parking or speeding tickets. But more serious crimes that involve violence, sex-offenses, or stealing will kill your chances of getting most jobs, especially if you are a repeat offender.
Lying on your resume is something some people do, and they rarely get away with it. Some people lie about their employment history, like having a job they didn’t, or getting an education they don’t have. No one is going to want to hire someone who lies to them, so don’t do it.
They might contact your previous employers too. If you were lazy, stole from work, didn’t get along with others, or always fought with your boss, that will hurt your chances big time. Some employers won’t say anything for fear of libel claims, but if you were a bad employee, new employers might find out.
A poor credit score may also send up red flags. If the job you’re trying to get involves you handling someone’s money, they will check your credit history. If you have lots of debt or are just irresponsible with your money, they won’t trust you with their own.
If your job requires driving, they will check your driving record too. A couple of speeding tickets probably won’t hurt your chances, but drunk or reckless driving will kill them.
The good news is that if you fail a background check, you can find out why. You can ask for a copy of the report. If there is something wrong, which there sometimes is, then you can clear your name.