Verification checks are standard practice for many organisations to ensure they get the right person for the job. Certain jobs also require security clearances. The screening process will check an applicant or employee’s claims and background.

What are employers looking for?

This will depend on the organisation itself and whether any security clearances are required. Some of the things they may look for in the verification process include:

  • Does your resume or application contain false or misleading information about your employment history, duties or qualifications
  • Verifying your identity
  • Checking your financial holdings, credit scores, driving history, criminal record, database and media searches
  • Speaking to your Referees and verifying what they say is truthful.

An employer will usually advise or seek your permission before checking your background. There may be a reference made in the position and application documentation. However once you have submitted an application you are giving the organisation a certain level of permission to check your claims, speak to your Referees and verify information with your previous or current employer.

What happens after the verification process?

If a verification process identifies you have been untruthful, it’s up to the individual organisation what action they will take. This may mean you are disqualified or terminated from employment. Dishonesty, regardless of a person’s background, is usually not seen favourably by employers.