At what stage do you do background checks for candidates and employees?
Before I transitioned to consulting, I was over hiring for a company in Arkansas. Per our employment attorney’s instructions, we were required to not run the background check until the candidate accepted a conditional job offer. The EEOC has a reference page for US employers that has some guidance as well: EEOC Link I would also check individual state laws before making any decisions.
At first this was a bit frustrating, as we would have liked to run the background check as soon as possible to save everyone time if the job wasn’t a fit for the candidate. After a few months though, I preferred not running it until the end because it provided the opportunity for the conversation about past mistakes to be more human, and let the candidate share first. Let me know if you want clarification on any of the above!