4 Things You Didn't Know About Criminal Background Checks

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Did you think that criminal background checks only hurt those convicted of a crime? Wrong. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) allows employers to use arrest records when they make a decision to hire ... or not hire. That means even innocent people who were arrested for a crime, and later exonerated, lose job opportunities.

More than 70,000,000 Americans have criminal records.2

Two-thirds of employers conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates.1

Only 58 percent of organizations allow job candidates to explain the results of the criminal background check. 1

A total of 26 percent of employers won't hire a candidate if the arrest record displays a non-violent misdemeanor offense. 1

A criminal conviction of any kind reduces the likelihood of a job offer by 50 percent. 2

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1 2012 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management

2 2009 Justice Department study

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Can’t even count the times I have been turned down a job after my background check 🤦‍♂️ I was an idiot in my 20’s 😉

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Care to share a bit more about that? Were employers blunt about it? Or did you just never get the call back?

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It sounds crazy there is only 1 fact with what you mentioned that seems odd and that's the 58% of employers will allow you to explain. I would think that number would lower.

Yes, that is a surprising stat to me as well; however, it's still alarmingly high. For people who were arrested for things like being in the wrong place at the wrong time, and never charged with a crime, it can have a devastating impact on their financial future.

Also, while many employers may be willing to hear someone's explanation, I'm not sure that many actually believe the person, or are willing to hire folks with certain types of crimes. For example, how many of those 58% do you think would be willing to hire a convicted murderer to work in their business?

Ostensibly, the person has served their sentence...but it turns out that for many, the sentence never really ends.

I don't see where any business would. They would feel that it's putting their employees in harms way. They would play up the 'what if' factor. They get iffy on odd things.

I admit. I have been arrested it was something stupid. I was driving a relative's car back to their house since the tags were expired. I received a ticket and was allowed to return the vehicle. The family members said they would pay the ticket. I trusted they did. I ended up with a bench warrant for failure to pay. I was with my now husband and a friend. I was sitting in the back seat. They had been sitting in the parking lot running plates. We pulled out from the parking lot and bam. At that point it had been 3 years. So I was handcuffed, took a little ride was booked. They didn't put me into holding since my husband was on the way if he took 10 more mins I would have had to spend the night. I have had 2 jobs turn me down because of that. I know my incident is nothing comparatively, but if I get flagged I can only imagine how hard it is for them. I guess this is why so many endup back in. We don't rehabilitate. Or give them a means to survive outside.

It is good that some companies still gives a second chance in life to make a living. Here in our country the background check is done thru national bureau of investigation. The department issues a form in which you present to the company upon being hiring. Best to try to always be good and obey the law.

I love comparing our practices to those of other countries. Is it standard for job applications to ask whether you have an arrest record or a felony conviction?

Do ALL job seekers have to present the background check form? I've only had a background check conducted for one of my jobs - that's when I was a high school English teacher.

During the initial interview it is not asked if you have a criminal record. The form is a standard requirement when joining a company. The form is enough for the companies that you are clear.

I am going to be honest
I guess if I was hiring, and I had a choice or maybe even if I didn't I would be wary and make a blanket assumption....
But reading your posts (this is not the first time, only first time commenting because I wasn't sure how to respond) it does open my eyes and heart
And mind you, it is not like I have not done anything stupid ...things that might have gone south

Wishing you all the best in your mission

Thank you! I appreciate your honesty, and to be frank, I'm sure I've make similar judgments in the past as well. I'm glad that somewhere in what I've posted, you've felt compelled to soften just a bit. It is typically the things we know the least about that we are quickest to judge, so thank you for taking the time to read my posts and reflect on what they mean to you.

Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting. I hope to hear from you again soon.

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