What is a level 3 background check 2022

You’ve been interviewing candidates to fill an open position. Both on paper and in person, you have a standout who has completely nailed it. They have an outstanding resume and appear to be able to handle the responsibilities and fit in with your company culture. They seem like the right person for the job.

A Bad Hire Can Be Costly To Your Company

Go with your gut but protect your business or organization in the process. Ensure that your hiring department follows protocol and requires all candidates who are strongly considered to undergo a level 3 background check.

The level 3 background check is the gold standard for background checks. It is highly used because it encompasses confirming or checking:

  • Education
  • Employment History
  • Criminal History
  • Reference Checks

You also have the option to include pre-employment drug testing in the level 3 background check as well.


This is especially imperative if the position you are hiring for has an education requirement. Whether it is a specific degree or a professional license, this will confirm or cross-reference that information to ensure a candidate is not exaggerating or lying.

Employment History

Commensurate experience can be just as valuable if not more so to a specific level of education. Verify that the previous jobs your candidate lists are accurate and that their reasons for leaving were amicable.

Criminal Background

Learning about a candidate’s criminal background protects your company especially if the position involves access to financial information or other sensitive materials. A criminal background check will include records of the following at the county, state, and/or federal level:

  • Arrests
  • Convictions of misdemeanors and felonies
  • Court records
  • Warrants
  • Sex offenses
  • Incarceration records
  • Acquitted, pending, and dismissed charges

Reference Checks

Go more in-depth by following up with references that a candidate includes on their resume. This will give you more insight into how your candidate actually performs either in the classroom or a work environment.  


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