It’s best to be prepared: Most employers do some form of background screening these days. It can be as simple as checking your references, or in-depth enough to cover everything from criminal records to credit history. The best way to figure out if there is anything that might raise a red flag is to be prepared. According to, ordering a copy of your credit report, checking court and driving records, searching your name online and asking for your personnel file from your old employer are all good ways to figure out what might come up in your background check. If you find anything that you think may be of concern, raise the issue with the employer before the screen is conducted. This will give you a chance to explain yourself, while also proving your honesty and integrity.