Background Checks & You

What kind of details are included in my background checks?

Every employer has specific background screening requirements based on their industry, regulations, type of positions they hire for, etc. Some of the important background checks include past education and employment history, driving records, verification of professional licenses, and drug testing. Criminal records are also checked and verified to ensure that the candidate is not involved in any crime, either civil or criminal in nature.

How long does it take to complete my background checks?

Majority of the checks are completed within 72 hours. There can be certain circumstances that cause delays in the process due to court closures or unresponsiveness by past employers or academic institutions.

Will a criminal record affect my employability?

Every company has their own hiring criteria, generally the mere presence of a conviction will not exclude you from being hired. Usually, the employer will conduct an individual analysis before determining eligibility for employment.

What do I need to be ready with for my background checks?

When your prospective employer starts your background checks, you will be asked to sign a written authorization permitting them to run a background checks. You may need to keep information handy such as driver’s license number, educational background (institution attended, dates attended, degree earned, etc.), and past employment history (name of former employers, dates of employment, reason for leaving).

What is a Public Records Notice?

When background check is performed, it may include public records as well. Public records include any legal identity card or validation issued by the Government of a country that ranges from professional license, driving records, court records of criminal and/or civil cases, any identity proof of citizenship issued by the government like Passport, AADHAAR, PAN, etc.

Why do I need to provide my SSN?

Most companies request an SSN Trace as the first screening run in any background checks. This action traces all the addresses where a candidate had lived previously to check if the candidate has any allegations or credit report against his name while he was staying at those particular addresses.
The SSN will be truncated once the candidate takes the test and the confidential data will be encrypted within our database that has multiple layers of security to ensure the data is never compromised.

What is the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)?

The Fair Credit Reporting Act, also known as the FCRA, is an allied law that regulates how companies will treat the consumer reports that includes background checks. Enforcement of the FCRA is overseen by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The law was enacted to promote the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies. To that end, it provides safeguards and rights for consumers like you.

Are employers required to share the results of my background checks with me?

If any information found in your background checks is under consideration in your employment decision, the employer must provide you written notice prior to a final decision. This allows you 5-10 business days, depending upon your state, to dispute the findings.
Will someone contact me if there’s a problem with my background checks?
If we need additional information from you, you’ll hear from either your prospective employer requesting the background checks or us directly.

Does cFIRST make the hiring decision based on the outcome of my background checks?

No. We are not responsible for making a hiring decision, we simply provide the information we find to our clients for them to determine eligibility for employment.

What do I bring to a drug test?

If you are taking the drug test, ensure you have the correct address of the testing centre assigned to you. You’ll need to bring a legal proof of identity such as a driver’s license, National ID, passport, etc. At the lab, you’ll be asked to follow certain specific instructions.

How long does it take to complete my drug test?

Most drug test results are completed in three to seven days.

How do you protect my privacy?

cFIRST respects the privacy of our clients, their employees and candidates. It is therefore of utmost importance to us that we keep your data secure which shall only be disclosed following the laws and regulations of the country and never otherwise to any third-party for commercial or it. You can find full details of our privacy practices in our privacy statement -