What are background checks?

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Sarah Seiwert
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Some clients may require a background check as part of their application process for opportunities through Andela. The specific requirements as well as how far back the checks will vary from company to company based on factors including location, industry, and the type of position you apply for.

A few standard parts of a background check include:

  • Criminal record search
  • Driving records
  • Drug testing
  • Education history 
  • Engagement history
  • Credential verifications

The first step in the process is usually a signed disclosure where you provide your consent for the company to run a background check for engagement purposes. Again, the specific criteria vary from company to company but some of the details may include:

  • Full legal name and any aliases
  • Current and past addressed
  • Date of birth
  • Social security or other citizen/taxpayer identification number 
  • Government ID documents (driver’s license, passport, national ID, etc.) 
  • Educational background (institution attended, dates, degree earned, etc.)
  • Past engagement history (name of former employers, dates of engagement, and position)

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