Most people are aware that criminal background checks are a common pre-screening requirement for many employers. What is not as commonly considered are things like a pre-employment driving record, which can significantly impact your ability to find work. Before you run that stop-sign, stop and check out three things that potential employers frequently pre-screen.
Lyft and Uber have become popular side hustles for people. Delivery drivers and personal shoppers are all on the rise, too. What do these things have in common? Driving. If you want to do one of these roles, work for a company that requires frequent travel in a company car or frequently drive clients in a personal or work vehicle, then you should anticipate a pre-employment driving record request, and they may ask for your auto insurance declaration page, too.
A credit report is historically common for financial roles within fields in the banking industry. It has become more prevalent for other roles, though, as employers like to get a more holistic view of the people they hire. While you may not be applying for a role in a financial field, you should still try to keep your credit score up and avoid any embarrassing reports. Losing a great job opportunity due to bad credit can be a painful reality for some.
It has become standard practice for hiring managers to immediately Google potential employees to get a feel for who they are as people. No matter your age, you should be aware that posting pictures of a drunken night out, a wild time on the road traveling and definitely strong political views may be seen by prospective employers who absolutely make judgments based on what they see.
The job market is good, but there is also a lot of competition. Don’t settle for your work experience and resume being polished to land your dream role. Also be prepared for pre-employment screenings and your social media profiles to play a factor. Set yourself up for success.