Why do employers do background checks?
How can a consumer address inaccurate information on a consumer report?
How can a consumer address inaccurate information on a consumer credit report?
How can I dispute information on my background check?
- The consumer must identify the dispute. A dispute is any challenge or claim that information on the completed background check report is inaccurate or incomplete.
- The consumer must submit their dispute to AccuSource, Inc. one of three ways, along with the Dispute Resolution Form and Release or the TransUnion Consumer Dispute Form if only disputing credit report information:
- Once a dispute request has been received, AccuSource, Inc. will notify the company who requested your background check. The potential employer will be aware that you have initiated a dispute regarding information on your background report and they will be updated accordingly.
- During the dispute process, AccuSource, Inc. will reinvestigate all the items in question by contacting the source of the disputed information. Per the FCRA, a consumer reporting agency has 30 days from the date the dispute was received to conclude the dispute process.
- To check the status of your dispute request, you may contact our Compliance Department at 951-734-8882, Monday through Friday. At the end of the investigation process, a representative from our Compliance Department will contact you regarding the results of your dispute as well as submit a letter of completion and a copy of the updated consumer report to the address provided.
What is included in a background check?
Who does the background check and how do they get the information?
How can I prepare for a background check?
- Have a copy of your resume handy, along with the best phone number and email address for AccuSource 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 can be accurate on past information rather than guessing previous dates.
- In case schools or past employers don’t have records available to confirm your background history, locate transcripts or diplomas in advance and collect past paycheck stubs or W-2s.
- Be prepared to provide your current and past addresses, your social security number, any maiden names used (if applicable) and/or your driver’s license number.
- Be honest and as accurate as possible when providing your information. Employers may not even consider you for employment if you are found to be dishonest.
- Provide professional references that know your work history and/or work performance. Know their phone number and email
- Provide personal references that can verify you character and/or your personal life. Provide current contact information
- Answer questions completely and legibly.
How far back do background checks go?
How long does a background check take?
- AccuSource has difficulty establishing contact with your former employers or educational institutions.In such cases, AccuSource may ask you to supply a W-2 or additional information to help substantiate the information in your application or resume. Having this documentation handy and providing it quickly will help speed up the process.
- Courts are inundated with request and can be backlogged.
- If an employer is requiring drug testing, A Medical Review Officer may be contact you regarding a sample’s results.
- International background searches might require additional information which can delay the process. International criminal searches and employment of education verification will typically require more time to receive a response.
Tips to expedite your background check
Why do employers check credit history?
Why do employers check criminal history?
Will I get hired if I have criminal records?
- How recent was the conviction?
- What was the nature and gravity of the offense, and is it relevant to the job?
- What are the facts or circumstances surrounding the offense or conduct?
- How many offenses has the candidate been convicted of?
- Is there evidence that the candidate performed the same type of work, post-conviction, with the same or a different employer, with no known incidents of criminal conduct?
- What is the length and consistency of employment history before and after the offense or conduct?
- Does the candidate have employment or character references and any other information regarding fitness for the particular position?
- Has the candidate engaged in rehabilitation efforts, such as education/training?
- Will the position involve working with sensitive populations such as children or the elderly?
- You should contact your prospective employer to discuss their adjudication process as it relates to the evaluation of criminal records.
Why do employers check my employment history?
Why do employers check my education or professional license?
Why do employers ask for professional references?
Why do employers do drug testing?
How is Medicinal Marijuana viewed by employers in drug testing?
Do employers check E-Verify?
Do employers use Form I9?
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number (if you have one)
- Citizenship status
- Copies of ID in accordance with U.S. Government requirements as provided on the I-9 instructions.
How can I request a copy of my background check?
How is the decision to hire made?