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Background Checks

Employers perform background checks on prospective employees to guarantee they are honest and reliable. A background check reveals criminal history, previous education, credit score and medical records. Medical and banking institutions are the most common industries to conduct a background check as the final step in the interview process. Commercial drivers also undergo a background check before getting hired, although employers pay particular attention to an individual's driving history, more so than any other industry.

Even though a great deal of information is disclosed in a background check, in accordance with the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the following cannot be included:

  • Paid tax liens more than seven years old
  • Accounts referred to a collection agency more than seven years old
  • Bankruptcies that were processed more than 10 years ago
  • Civil suits, judgments, or records of arrest (from date of entry) that were filed more than seven years ago