Common pre-employment screenings include:
- Criminal history screening
- Social security number tracing
- Drug testing
- Worker’s compensation claims history
- Credit history
- Sex offender registry screening
- Motor vehicle records screening
- Skills assessment
- Employment verification
- Supervisor/reference interviews
- Education verification
The thoroughness of a screening depends on the company as well as the state. For example, some states do not allow employers to conduct searches into worker’s compensation claims.
Some companies conduct pre-employment screening themselves, while others rely on a third-party company that specializes in background checks.
When employers conduct a check of your background (credit, criminal, past employer) using a third party, the background check is covered by The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).