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Background check terms and definitions

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As a Human Resources professional, screening applicants is an important part of your hiring process. If you want to be as efficient as possible when screening applicants, the first step is to understand this glossary of common background check terms.

Background checks can give you great insight into whether someone is a good fit for the job as well as for your company. Even if someone does not have a criminal history, there may be past behaviors that make an applicant not the right fit for your company. How can you find this out? By reading background checks accurately and efficiently.

We know running background checks is just one of the many responsibilities you have on your plate, that's why we created this glossary of terms for you reference if you run into something on a background check that you don't understand. We hope you find it helpful! 


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