FAQs for Applicants

If Check First has been employed to conduct a CV Verification & Background check on you, don’t worry. This is a standard and routine process that many employers engage to help them make better recruitment decisions and find the right candidates for each vacancy. By using Check First, organisations can also help to create a safer and more open working environment, reducing identity fraud and rewarding honest candidates.

However, we always advise employers to use our services in conjunction with information and impressions gleaned at interview. That way they make smart and rounded recruitment decisions.

We have a comprehensive privacy policy in place to protect you and safeguard any information that we receive.

Read our Privacy Policy now.

By completing our questionnaires on this website you are deemed to have given Check First your permission to conduct the checks requested by the employer.

If you have any difficulties or queries, simply take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions below to see if they are answered there. If they are not, please Contact Us.

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Q: What checks do you perform?
Q: Will I be informed of the results of the checks — and if so, how?
Q: Does a CV search leave a footprint on my credit file?
Q: What happens if I dispute the information given by an organisation or referee?
Q: What happens if I have a dispute on a credit report?
Q: How does the DBS Check (previously CRB check) work?
Q: How do I complete a disclosure application form in conjunction with a DBS Check?

Q: What checks do you perform?

A: We conduct a broad and comprehensive range of checks as listed below, although we may not be asked to perform all of them for your particular job application. We will tell you precisely which checks we are carrying out when we request your consent.

Financial and Identity Check Obtains a Credit Report from credit reference agencies and verifies your identity to guard against identity fraud

Secondary Education Qualifications Check Verifies your records maintained with the relevant institutions

Further and Higher Education Qualifications Check Verifies your records maintained with the relevant institutions

Professional Membership Check Verifies your records maintained with the relevant associations

Company directorships Held Verifies the information held by Companies House with reguard to past and present Directorships held

Employer Reference Check Confirms past work experience including reasons for leaving, where available

Personal Reference Check Obtains personal references from sources provided by you

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously the CRB Checks) establish the existence of any criminal records. You will receive a copy of the Disclosure direct from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Q: Will I be informed of the results of the checks — and if so, how?

A: We recommend that you request that your prospective employer gives you a copy of the results. They will receive a final report, which they could then forward to you or print out. Alternatively, you can request a copy from us for a £10 administration charge – see our Privacy Policy for details.

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Q: Does a CV search leave a footprint on my credit file?

A: Yes, however, the footprint — which we have to leave by law — is only visible to the individual on their credit file. It is not seen by any other companies and therefore is not taken into account when assessing them for future credit requests.

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Q: What happens if I dispute the information given by an organisation or referee?

A: You are advised to contact the relevant organisation or individual directly. We strongly advise that you to notify your referees and past employers in advance that Check First will be contacting them.

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Q: What happens if I have a dispute on a credit report?

A: There is a variety of information held on your credit report from a variety of sources. If any of it is wrong, it could affect your ability to get credit.

Here’s how to correct the information held on your report:

The electoral roll
Check First only uses the edited version of the Electoral Roll, so if you have chosen to opt out of being listed on it, as is your right, our report will state that you are NOT on the Electoral Roll.

If you have registered to vote and your credit report does not show this, please contact the credit reference agencies listed at the bottom of this article and they will investigate the matter. Please note that registration for the Electoral Roll is conducted in August each year, but our register may not be updated until the end of April in the following year. If you have not registered to vote, you may want to contact your local authority about filling in an electoral registration form.

If you move home you can tell your local authority who will tell credit reference agencies about your change of registration in the course of the year.

Court judgments
If you believe a county court judgment has been recorded incorrectly, you should contact the county court, quoting the case number included on your report. If the judgment was recorded incorrectly the county court will alter their records. Credit reference agencies are told about any such changes within four weeks, but if you give them original court documents, in the form of a Certificate of Satisfaction or Cancellation, they may be able to change their records sooner if necessary.

If you have paid a Scottish Decree, you should send Registry Trust (address below) a receipt or a letter from your creditor (known as the pursuer) to confirm your payment.

If you write to Registry Trust Ltd questioning the accuracy of a judgment recorded on your report, asking for an entry to be changed, you should send a cheque for £4.50 to cover their search fee. They will then tell the credit reference agencies about any change to your report.

For judgments made in Northern Ireland, if you provide documents from a plaintiff to confirm a payment, the agencies will change their records. If you have any questions about the accuracy of a judgment recorded on your report, contact the court concerned.

Registry Trust Ltd. 173-175 Cleveland Street London W1P 5PE

Bankruptcies
If a bankruptcy order against you is annulled (cancelled) or discharged (that is, you have met all terms), you should send a copy of the Annulment Certificate or Order of Discharge to the credit reference agencies. They will then update their records. If your bankruptcy has been annulled they should completely remove any record of it from your report. If your bankruptcy has been discharged a record of it will be kept on your report but it will show that it has been discharged.

Voluntary arrangements
If you have any questions about a record of a voluntary arrangement you should contact the supervisor who dealt with your case. If you send documents from the supervisor to confirm that the information on your report needs to be changed, the agencies will change their records.

Linked addresses
Links between your previous addresses, or any addresses you may use for correspondence, may be listed on your credit report. The link will only be broken when the reference agencies are asked to do so by the organisation that created the link.

Aliases
Because our site is third party data compliant, we screen out County Court Judgment (CCJ) records that do not exactly match the details you have provided — for example a CCJ for Jenny Smith recorded in the name of J Smith at the same address would not be listed by us.

If any names are shown on your credit report that you have never used, you should contact the company listed as providing the other name, or write to the credit reference agency and they will investigate the matter and make any necessary changes to your report.

Furthermore, the credit reference agencies have removed all family financial information from the credit reports they send to people. If you believe that information about someone you are financially linked to is the reason for you being refused credit, you might want to ask them to apply for their own credit report. Of course, they do not have to order their report or show it to you

The credit reference agencies that Check First uses:

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Q: How does the DBS Check (previously CRB check) work

A: Simply read our quick guide specially designed to help you: Understanding How a Criminal Records Check Works.

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Q: How do I complete a disclosure application form in conjunction with a DBS Check?

A: We will send you a disclosure application form populated with the information you have provided for you to check and sign. You then take it to your local Post Office, together with the Veri-fy form and the documents you have selected to confirm your identity and current address. Their staff will check your documents, complete the Veri-fy form and post the disclosure application form and Veri-fy form to us for processing.

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