Given the nature of security jobs, it’s mandatory and also desirable to carry out background checks. You will find this in every state, it may not be uniform but at least expect checks, some of which may be rigorous and intrusive; they’re a requirement before your approval for a job. It’s important to note that the type of background checks which will be done are determined by the type of security job you applied for.
The most basic background check which will be run includes a fingerprint check, this is where your fingerprints are taken and matched with those in the security authorities. This is done to ensure that you have no criminal record. Security authorities normally take fingerprints at a crime scene and sometimes it’s hard to nail a criminal due to the fact that they may not have all their finger prints in the data banks. It’s a requirement that when someone is applying for this kind of a job that they be cleared of any criminal records. In this case, background checks present the authorities with a chance to get some details which may help them solve a crime. To the employer it’s a chance to ensure that the person being hired for a sensitive job such as security does not have a criminal record. Some jobs may not require such checks while others may go even deeper and demand character references just to be sure they understand the person they are about to hire.
Your prospective employer would like to know about your past, the jobs you have done, the schools and other institutions of learning that you have attended. For the most part, the information sought will be provided through self-reporting, but will be checked through the use of available records. You are advised to provide accurate and honest information when self-reporting. One may be tempted to hide some details or report on non-factual information. While this may be tempting, especially when you have not had a good past, it can backfire and see you denied the job despite having qualified in all other aspects. Providing false information may even land you in prison.
When confronted with a situation where some of the information required during the background checks is not pleasant and may jeopardize your chances of securing a security job. It’s advisable to provide additional information explaining the situation. One may even present it in person and honestly explain themselves. The employer may be understanding enough to grant you a job despite shortcomings in the past. To many, voluntarily providing information which may be incriminating in the first place is a sign of honesty, a characteristic that every employer is looking for in a security guard.
Some employers carry out background checks on their own, they will ask you to provide the information and then countercheck on their own. On the form which you will be asked to fill out, they will ask you to indicate whether you are okay with their decision to countercheck the details you have provided. So it won’t be an exercise behind your back. This stresses the need to provide accurate information that can be collaborated. Sometimes you may alert your references to expect calls, not to influence their response but just to ensure they are giving information to the right person. It may be devastating if your reference mistakenly gives the wrong information.
Background checks are meant to ensure that the person hired for a security job is fit. They’re also a chance for the employer to learn more about you, in some instances it may even lead to recommendations which may positively influence your career progress in a given firm.