Running credit checks on job applicants is a fairly common practice. There are credit reports that are designed specifically for potential employers use. Here is what you need to know about them. These reports contain much of the same information found in credit reports pulled by lenders, but do not show your account numbers, date of birth or references to your spouse. Also, your credit score will not be included in these reports.
These reports contain basic personal information (i.e. – your home address and your maiden name), information on public records like bankruptcies or liens and your credit history. These reports also include your work history. Employer credit checks are referred to as a “soft pull” on your credit, meaning it will not affect your credit scores.
A potential employer cannot legally pull your credit report without your permission. You will have to sign a release form giving the potential employer access to this information. It’s always a good idea before beginning your job search to pull your credit report and fix any errors. You are entitled to your credit reports for free every year from the three major credit reporting agencies.
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