• An estimated 30 percent to 40 percent of information provided by job applicants is misleading or false, according to Amy Crane's article on Verifying the information applicants provide is important to the protection of businesses.


    Checking a potential employee's information is a way of protecting the security of a business and other employees, as well as verifying whether an applicant is trustworthy.


    There are jobs that, through state and federal regulations, require specific education and certification, which requires employers to verify educational backgrounds.


    When you apply for a position with a company, there may be a requirement that you sign a consent form. This form gives the human resources department your permission to do a background check and verify your education.


    A potential employer may require you to provide transcripts from your secondary school and/or higher education institution, or the employer might contact the school directly to obtain the information.


    Some employers use third-party background screening companies to run background checks and verify educational information.


    If the information a potential employer obtains is inaccurate, request contact information for the source and file a complaint to have the information corrected.

    Source: The ABCs of pre-employment background checks

    A Matter of Fact: Education Verification - How to Verify Education Background

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