Even if you feel that you have nothing to hide or don’t particularly care whether an employer knows a lot about your private life, there are still reasons you should pay attention and understand your rights when it comes to background checks.
The Information Could be Wrong or Misleading
The information an employer receives about you might
- omit crucial information (you were arrested, but found not guilty)
- reveal sealed or expunged information (juvenile offenses)
- list a single charge multiple times
- misclassify an offense (misdemeanor marked as a felony)
- mistake you for another person (common name or have been a victim of identity theft)
There are ways to fix these problems (see our guide: Dealing with Errors on Your Background Check).