Criminal background checks should be an essential part of a company’s standard pre employment screening. The results can be a red flag for the company so they can make a better-informed decision about the candidate they want to hire.
Every time my brother applies for a new job, he dreads the part where the potential employer runs criminal background checks. Mostly because he knows that his search results will show up with a laundry list of convictions from crimes committed in various states. The problem is, there is someone else living in a different state that has the same name and date of birth as my brother. This other person is the true owner of the criminal history that shows up on my brother’s criminal background checks.
He first found out about this problem after interviewing for a job and then receiving a rejection letter in the mail from this company. They stated that he did not divulge his record to them on the application, and based on the convictions he was ineligible for hire.
He then had to go through several other steps to prove that the records were not his and he had never even been to the states in which the arrests had happened. The proof came from the information found on his driver’s license such as race, hair and eye color, and the photo. Once matched to the mug shots and the arrest records, my brother was cleared and offered the position.
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