1) An employer is required to provide you with a written notice before running your Criminal Records check. This notice, however, may be only one of many pre-employment paperwork that need to be filled out and signed by numerous prospective employees. Before you sign anything, read it carefully.
2) If a company refuses to hire you due to your credit report, they must provide you with a copy of the report as well as information about your rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
3) Make sure you don’t tell your potential employer anything about your credit report or criminal background. Particularly if you sign a piece of paper authorizing them to obtain a copy of your credit report and/or criminal record. If you are caught lying, you will be punished.
4) Be prepared to explain to your prospective employer why you have something unfavorable on your credit report and/or criminal record if you are given the opportunity. It’s preferable to give the explanation before they get their background check report and/or criminal record so that they aren’t taken aback.
5) Know what’s on your credit record, especially if you think a potential employer would look at it. That way, if the report has inaccuracies, you’ll be able to remedy them. You can also inform your potential employer of the errors and the efforts you’ve taken to remedy them.