Looking for a job? Brace yourself for very invasive background checks…

Having a clean rap sheet isn’t what it used to be.

These days, employment screenings are not a simple matter of checking for a criminal history or even with previous employers, as Reddit users discussed in this recent popular thread about background checks. “Employers want no surprises,” said Steve Langerud, workplace consultant and principal of Steve Langerud & Associates in Grinnell, Iowa.

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Nearly three-quarters of employers say they perform a background check on every new employee, according to a 2016 survey from career website CareerBuilder. But a criminal check is just one of the many things employers are looking for today.

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