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What Does a Red Flag Mean on a Fingerprint Background Check?

by Neil Kokemuller

A fingerprint background check simply means that instead of just searching records on your name and Social Security number, an employer conducts a search using your fingerprints This approach is common in federal security jobs, governmental offices and other public offices. A fingerprint check overcomes changes you might have made to your name or identity to cover up past criminal offenses or records. A red flag is a finding from the search that raises a concern.

Fingerprint Red Flags

One red flag in a fingerprint check is simply a change of name or discrepancy in personal details you provide. Additionally, the background check may reveal felony offenses not reported on your application. A poor credit history could also harm you in some jobs. Gaps in employment and discrepancies between your reported work history and real job history are also major red flags.

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