In July of 2012 I returned from a surfing trip to Central America to find myself unemployed and running out of government benefits. While analyzing my options in Orange County I realized I did not like the look of my future and decided to branch out in my search for a job. The first person I contacted was a friend I had made in Thailand who worked for a large timeshare company in Waikiki, part of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Upon reaching out to this individual I found out that they did in fact have job openings and that I could apply for the job if I wanted to. I applied and in short notice was informed I would get the job. After going over the details I was informed I would have to consent to a drug test and background search. The drug test was no problem but I was a little worried about the background search, as I have heard stories on 20/20 and the like about how far they can dig.
As it turns out I had nothing to fear. When corporate organizations perform background searches they are simply running your name through the system in the state you are being hired in (versus running something like the ncic background check). The main reason for this is because each state has its own individual database of crimes and criminals, and only government employees (from certain branches) have access to the nationwide databases (obviously some companies would love access to these records but it is simply not available to the public).
After doing some research I found out they would not attempt to access my credit information, driving record, or anything like that. Those are typically part of more comprehensive background searches, and while they can be performed in most any state, the company inquiring into your history has to notify you of exactly what type of search they are doing. I also found some good information here.