Employment background checks are used by all kinds of organizations for all kinds of jobs. In particular, if you are applying for a job that includes handling finances, property or sensitive information, you can expect employers to run a background check before formally offering you the position. Background checks for employment are most commonly performed to verify criminal records (84%), employment history (72%), and identity (67%), according to a recent report by HireRight, a background report provider. Less common reasons for conducting background checks are: Education verification (49%) Driving records (49%) Professional qualification verification (42%) Credit history (28%) Employer background checks can occur at any time. In many industries, it is common to request a background report once a conditional job offer is made.