When you are a job applicant, especially for a position that requires top-notch trust, such as in a school, hospital or government, the employer will want to know about your history to make an informed decision. Thus, they will conduct a background check.
These checks generally provide reliable information, but cases of inaccuracy have been reported. Thus, you should be alarmed if you are denied a position for a history you are unaware of.
Here are two potential causes of inaccurate background cases during the hiring stage.
Mixed up files
Employers accept applications from many people, and the number may remain high after the different stages of elimination. This means it can be easier for files/details to be mixed up. For example, upon conducting background checks and finding a criminal history on a candidate you share a name with, you may face the consequences.
The issue with mixed files happens mostly due to being in a hurry to fill a position. Employers should have a reasonable time for finding the best candidate to avoid mistakes that can affect one’s career.
Unreliable background companies
Most companies use third parties to conduct background checks on candidates. This information should be provided to you, and the employer should only provide your details to the third party when you agree.
While third parties save time for employers, some may be unreliable. If a company fails to follow strict procedures and regulations to attain the maximum possible accuracy of candidates’ information, the results may be inaccurate. Unfortunately, some companies on the market that employers depend on, especially those who promise “instant results,” provide substandard checks that can affect an applicant.
Failing a background check due to inaccuracy can be devastating. If this has happened to you, it will help to get legal guidance to fight for your rights.