What you need to know about pre-employment checks


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  1. Some jobs will require pre-employment checks before an offer is confirmed.
  2. Most commonly, an employer will check your references. You get to choose who your references are – make sure you select somebody you have worked closely with, preferably your manager or somebody in a more senior role than you. Be sure to ask them if they will act as your reference before giving an employer their details.
  3. If you have no previous work experience, you can still find a reference. Try your sports coach, mentor or professor.  
  4. Depending on the industry and the job, types of pre-employment screenings can also include: criminal record and police checks, medical checks, drug testing, credit checks, driver licence checks, immigration checks and/or proof of identity checks.

Fun fact

Did you know nearly 70% of recruiters reference check each candidate? They also ask a range of questions.

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