Preparing for Background/Investigatory Reference Checks

It is becoming common practice for employers to perform background or investigatory checks on potential candidates before extending formal job offers.  Typically Human Resources will inform you of this background check and have you sign a release form that authorizes them to proceed.  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a background check:

  • Call your references and alert them to the check.
  • Make sure your education records are up to date.
  • Contact the DMV and credit agencies to ensure your information is correct and you are in good standing.
  • Be prepared for Criminal and Civil checks, as well as a Name Track, which matches up your name and social security number to verify your identity.

You will probably have to fill out an application before the background check is started.  You must be truthful and accurate when filling out the application.  If there is something in particular that is of concern, do not hesitate to bring it up to Human Resources.  By being upfront and honest, you will have a better chance of getting the job.

WAI Staff

Whitman Associates is a professional staffing agency serving businesses and job seekers in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1972, we’ve been dedicated to matching highly qualified candidates with a wide variety of temporary, temp-to-hire and permanent positions. We prioritize the needs of both our clients and candidates to ensure successful, lasting relationships.