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How to Prepare for a Background Check and Ensure a Smooth Process

How to Prepare for a Background Check and Ensure a Smooth Process

Posted on 27 Mar, 2023

As a job applicant or prospective tenant, you may be required to undergo a background check to verify your identity, criminal history, credit score, and other personal details. This can be a nerve-wracking process, especially if you're not sure what to expect. At Prolific Fingerprinting & More, we understand the importance of a smooth background check process, which is why we've put together this guide to help you prepare.

Gather your personal information

The first step in preparing for a background check is to gather all your personal information in one place. This includes your full name, date of birth, social security number, current and previous addresses, and contact information. You may also need to provide information about your education, employment history, and references.

Review your criminal history

If you have a criminal record, it's essential to review it before the background check. This will give you an opportunity to correct any errors and provide explanations for any past mistakes. Be honest and upfront about your criminal history, as dishonesty can be grounds for disqualification.

Check your credit report

Many background checks include a credit report, so it's a good idea to check your credit score beforehand. If you have any negative marks on your credit report, such as missed payments or defaults, be prepared to explain them.

Be prepared to provide fingerprints

Fingerprinting is a common requirement for background checks, and Prolific Fingerprinting & More can provide this service for you. Make sure your hands are clean and dry, as wet or dirty fingers can affect the quality of the prints. If you have any cuts or wounds on your fingers, inform the technician beforehand.

Be available for follow-up questions

During the background check process, the screening company may need to contact you for additional information or clarification. Make sure you provide accurate contact information and are available to answer any questions promptly.

Be patient

Background checks can take several days or even weeks to complete, depending on the complexity of the investigation. Be patient and avoid contacting the screening company for updates unless it's been longer than the estimated time frame.

By following these tips, you can ensure a smooth and stress-free background check process. At Prolific Fingerprinting & More, we offer a wide range of background check and fingerprinting services to help you meet your screening requirements. Contact us today at (682) 375-1559 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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