Failed Your HireRight Background Check? We Can Help

Last Updated:
August 28, 2023

You’ve just landed an interview for your dream job, and everything seems to be going well. But then, you’re informed that a background check is required, and suddenly, you’re filled with anxiety. What if something goes wrong? What if there’s an error in your background check that costs you the opportunity? 

Unfortunately, these are very real possibilities. But that doesn’t mean you have to let them derail your prospects. With Fair Credit, you can get errors resolved by knowledgeable professionals. Discover what that entails and learn more about HireRight background checks.

Understanding HireRight and Its Background Check Process

Before we delve into how Fair Credit can help, it’s essential to understand what HireRight is and how its background check process works. 

HireRight is a leading provider of background checks, drug testing, and employment verification services. Companies worldwide use HireRight to ensure they’re hiring trustworthy employees with a clean track record.

The Background Check Process

The background check process can include various elements, depending on the employer’s requirements. These checks may involve verifying employment history, education, criminal records, credit history, and more. HireRight’s comprehensive checks aim to provide employers with the necessary information to make informed hiring decisions.

The Importance of Accuracy in Background Checks

It’s crucial to maintain accurate information in your background check, as errors can lead to unfavorable consequences, such as job rejections or even legal issues. With that in mind, let’s discuss some common reasons background checks fail and how Fair Credit can help.

What Can Cause HireRight Background Checks to Fail?

There are several reasons why a HireRight background check might fail, and it’s important to be aware of them to take corrective action. Here, we examine some of the more common issues that can cause candidates to fail their HireRight background check:

Criminal Record Errors

A criminal history is the single-biggest reason candidates fail a background check. However, it’s not uncommon for errors to appear in these records, such as incorrect or outdated information. And these can just as equally cause a candidate to fail.

Credit Report Mistakes

Another reason for failing a background check is credit report errors. Inaccurate information on your credit report can lead to a negative impact on your background check, potentially costing you job opportunities.

Employment History Discrepancies

Employers typically verify your employment history during a background check. Any discrepancies, such as unexplained gaps or incorrect dates, can raise red flags, resulting in a failed background check.

Education Verification Issues

Finally, background checks may include education verification. If there’s an issue with your educational records, such as a missing degree or incorrect dates, it could lead to a failed background check.


Typos and clerical mistakes can also lead to a failed background check, so it’s important to double-check all of your documents before submitting them. That said, such mistakes don’t always fall squarely on your shoulders. It’s possible that those mistakes were the fault of the person entering your data.

Mistaken Identity

Finally, it’s not uncommon for applicants to be confused with someone else who has the same or similar name. This can lead to errors in your background check, resulting in a failed report. It’s important to confirm that the information provided on your background check is actually yours. 

Knowing the common reasons for failing a HireRight background check can help you take the necessary steps to ensure a successful outcome. By staying informed and being proactive, you can significantly reduce the chances of a failed background check.

How Fair Credit Can Help You

Now that we’ve identified some common reasons for failing a background check, let’s explore how Fair Credit can help you rectify these issues and improve your chances of passing future background checks.

Challenging Criminal Record Errors

If you’ve failed a HireRight background check due to an error in your criminal record, Fair Credit can help you challenge and correct this information. Our team of experts will assist you in collecting evidence and presenting it to the appropriate authorities to ensure that your criminal record is correct and current.

Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

Fair Credit specializes in helping clients dispute credit report errors. We’ll guide you through the process of identifying and disputing inaccuracies, ensuring your credit report accurately reflects your financial history.

Resolving Employment History Discrepancies

If your background check failed due to discrepancies in your employment history, Fair Credit can help you rectify these issues. Our team will work with you to gather documentation, such as W-2 forms or letters from previous employers, to verify your employment history and correct any inaccuracies.

Addressing Education Verification Issues

Fair Credit can also help you resolve education verification issues. If your background check was unsuccessful because your educational records were missing or incorrect, don’t worry. Our team will help you obtain the required documentation from your educational institutions to confirm your qualifications and correct any errors.

Proactive Measures to Ensure a Smooth Background Check

It’s true that some errors are out of your control, but you can still take measures to ensure that all future background checks go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few:

Regularly Review Your Credit Report

Regularly reviewing your credit report allows you to identify and address inaccuracies before they negatively impact your background check. By law, you’re entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion). 

Take advantage of this and stay on top of your credit history. Additionally, consider using credit monitoring services to receive alerts for any significant changes or suspicious activities that could affect your credit standing.

Keep Your Personal Information Updated

Make sure that you update your personal information – including your address, phone number, and email address – with your previous employers, educational institutions, and the local DMV. This will help avoid any discrepancies during the background check process. 

It would be helpful to keep a record of your previous addresses and contact details for future reference so that you can promptly provide precise information whenever required.

Be Honest on Job Applications

Always be honest when filling out job applications, especially when it comes to your employment history and education. If you’re unsure about specific details or dates, take the time to verify them before submitting your application. 

It is important to note that background checks are meant to reveal the truth, and any efforts to conceal or alter information may result in more significant issues in the future.

Prepare Documentation in Advance

Make sure to collect essential documents like W-2 forms, diplomas, and letters from previous employers, and store them in an organized manner, so you can access them easily when needed. Having this documentation on hand will make it easier to address any discrepancies that may arise during a background check. 

It’s also a good idea to create digital copies of these documents, as they can be easily shared with potential employers or background check companies when needed.

Stay Informed About Your Legal Rights

Understanding your legal rights is essential when it comes to background checks. Familiarize yourself with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and any applicable state laws governing background checks. Knowing your rights will help you identify any potential violations and ensure that you’re treated fairly throughout the process.

By following these proactive measures, you can minimize the chances of encountering issues during a background check and improve your prospects of securing the job you desire.

Wrap Up

Failing a HireRight background check can be stressful and disappointing, but you’re not without options to reverse your situation. With Fair Credit by your side, you can address errors and inaccuracies in your background check, improving your chances of passing future checks and securing job opportunities. 

By staying proactive and regularly monitoring your credit report, personal information, and documentation, you’ll be better prepared for a smooth background check process. Don’t let a failed HireRight background check stop you from pursuing your dreams – contact Fair Credit today and let us assist you.

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