Background checks are a normal course of the hiring process for many companies in the United States. In some industries – like financial services and education – this due diligence is actually mandated by government regulations. Even if not required by law, background checks help limit a company’s liability risk and can reduce turnover by ensuring that the right candidate is matched with the job from the beginning.
The United States allows employers to look into any number of records concerning a candidate, including criminal history, credit reports, past employment and educational background. It is a relatively easy and straight-forward process.